A Poem/PlayeBook - 2012
A "tale of the tribe" (Ezra Pound's phrase for his own longer work), Park Songs is set during a single day in a down-and-out Midwestern city park where people from all walks of life gather. In this small green space amidst a great gray city, the park provides a refuge for its caretaker (and resident poet), street preachers, retirees, moms, hustlers, and teenagers. Interspersed with blues songs, the community speaks through poetic monologues and conversations, while the homeless provide the introductory chorus-and all of their voices become one great epic tale of comedy and tragedy. Full of unexpected humor, hard-won wisdom, righteous (but sometimes misplaced) anger, and sly tenderness, their stories show us how people learn to live with mistakes and make connections in an antisocial world. As the poem/play engages us in their pain and joy-and the goofy delight of being human-it makes a quietly soulful statement about acceptance and community in our lives.
Publisher: [United States] : Exterminating Angel Press : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource