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Journey to the Lost City

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Taking its title from the cult horror movie classic, Jonathan Aaron’s third book, Journey to the Lost City, is a work of sharp wit, irony, and disarming tenderness. Cool, metaphysically quizzical, almost Eastern-European in sensibility, Aaron’s poems are a far cry from the dull, personal anecdotal quality that infects so much contemporary poetry. Savvy, intelligent, person ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Ausable Press
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It took me a little bit to warm up to his style. At first I thought it was a little bland, but then I really focused on it and enjoyed it more. Aaron is not fast-paced; he’s not in your face. His poetry doesn’t strong-arm its way into your mind. Instead it lingers like a ghost, and envelopes like a distant smell that you remember but can’t place. His poems range from nostalgic to quietly humorous or dreamlike. Each was an easy read that was down-to-earth and his audience can be very varied. I li ...more
Sep 18, 2014 A.M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I always learn something new reading Jonathan Aaron's poems, because much of his poetry is about movies, characters, paintings and people from the past.

With Journey to the Lost City, I was introduced to an actress from the fifties named Debra Paget and watched a very intriguing video of her doing a snake dance in the movie, The Indian Tomb. An art lover, I was also happy to discover the works of Kurt Schwitters - his Merz collages and The Merzbau, in particular.

I love the poem "LADY WITH WHEELB
a few weak spots, but overall a very imaginative book, very well-crafted book. lots of focus on cinema and history. imaginative ways of story-telling beyond the normal narrative, good at catching quick jumps in the mind.
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