Mount Soledad

Harry Polkinhorn

In Mount Soledad Harry Polkinhorn uses his ill-fated romance with a Cuban-American woman to illuminate the themes of love and money, employing in the opening pages the conceits associated with the language of love before shifting these rhetorical tropes into a kind of vacillating syntax. Lines paraphrasing the poetry of medieval troubadours circulate like undead currency in a whirlwind of non sequiturs: "fading away perhaps into an explosion of resemblances her voice disconnected by winds of a disappearing language unhooked into fog, into people's eyes that have seen water and love going away bird wings incautious negatives" In his introduction, Karl Young writes that this type of collage "is structured along the money routes of the contemporary world. As such, it becomes a sort of witches' sabbath rampaging through endless and meaningless channels of credit, collateral, advances, futures, cash flow deficits, claims, arbitrations, liens, waivers, affidavits, and all the other financial and legal mechanisms that constantly, though often imperceptibly, surround every aspect of daily life at the present time:" "an inventory of what we're made of, that penetrating sadness of isolated people who would have mattered but you spoke your mind 'that's reality' by which you meant something ugly or grim then went your way into resignation and eventual money check your budget projections before your children complete the annihilation a door slams deep in my bones"

 

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