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Shadow Play: Excerpt from a Novella in Verse --- Jody Bolz | Numéro Cinq
Shadow Play recounts in untitled and narrative poems a journey across Asia taken in the late 1960's through the contemplative eyes of its narrator decades later. At its core is the dissolution of a young marriage and the imagined discourse the narrator has with her former husband about the mystery of love, whether it ends or not. Her perplexity over the question leads the narrator to conclude that “Love’s a puzzle. A test. / A miracle, I guess.” These are poems with the intelligence and vigilance that Paul Valéry says attempts to represent and restore those things "which cries, tears, caresses, kisses, sighs."