I’m the hub editor at Tuesday Poem this week, and I choose to share an exceptional and haunting poem by James Owens —
which was written in response to Cheryl Dodds’ photograph ‘Railroad Diary, Istanbul 2012’. Both photograph and poem appeared in the year-end Blue Five Notebook ekphrastic issue — which readers can find here.
Owens also supplied a commentary for the poem, beginning with these words:
My initial reaction to Cheryl Dodds’s extraordinary photograph was the thought, this forbids speech. The voice is caged. Not “the woman is caged” but her voice. Then there was long silence, while I wondered what I meant by that. I’m still not quite sure, though the poem makes little forays in that direction.
This poem was also nominated by the editors of Bluefifth Review/ Blue Five Notebook for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.
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