Park Songs: A Poem/Play by David Budbill,R. C. Irwin

By David Budbill,R. C. Irwin

A "tale of the tribe" (Ezra Pound's word for his personal longer work), Park Songs is determined in the course of a unmarried day in a down-and-out Midwestern urban park the place humans from all walks of lifestyles assemble. during this small eco-friendly area amidst a very good grey urban, the park presents a shelter for its caretaker (and resident poet), highway preachers, retirees, mothers, hustlers, and youths. Interspersed with blues songs, the group speaks via poetic monologues and conversations, whereas the homeless give you the introductory chorus—and all in their voices develop into one nice epic story of comedy and tragedy.

Full of unforeseen humor, hard-won knowledge, righteous (but occasionally lost) anger, and sly tenderness, their tales exhibit us how humans discover ways to stay with blunders and make connections in an delinquent international. because the poem/play engages us of their ache and joy—and the goofy pride of being human—it makes a quietly soulful assertion approximately recognition and group in our lives.

David Budbill has labored as a carpenter's apprentice, brief order cook dinner, day laborer, and low commentator on NPR's All factor Considered. His poems can frequently be heard on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and his books comprise the best-selling Happy Life (Copper Canyon Press) and Judevine, a set of narrative poems that kinds the foundation for the play Judevine, which has been played in twenty-two states. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Budbill now lives within the mountains of northern Vermont.

R. C. Irwin, whose absurdist and sentimental paintings offers the set layout for Park Songs, teaches at San Francisco urban College.

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