Invisible Dictionary: Haibun of Stuart Bartow
Stuart Bartow’s latest collection finds him contemplating the universe in its myriad forms, from a not-too-certain position on earth
“Sometimes I have to put my foot down on the floor to keep from drifting off,” says Stuart Bartow in a poem from Invisible Dictionary. But, oh how fortunate his readers are that he occasionally lifts his feet to let his mind wander. In a world that clamors for answers this is a book for those who revel in the speculation of unknowing. From teeming insects to galaxies in their billions, his poetic musings are by times intriguing, surprising — even startling!
Before personal computers and artificial intelligence, Chris often claimed that humans were a bane to the planet, that we should develop technologies in order to leave. Simply leave earth as a giant nature preserve that we could visit, as tourists, scientists, poets. The visiting could be in our astral bodies. We might visit from cyberspace, or in our astral bodies, maybe something like spirits Amerindians conceive. We’d be what we now call Anomalies. Sometimes I have to put my foot down on the floor to keep from drifting off. Chris left years ago.
not so far off
a cardinal singing