Review of Primitive Mood in Philadelphia Stories

Poet Valeria Tsygankova gave this review of Primitive Mood in the literature and arts magazine Philadelphia Stories:

“In his newest book, Primitive Mood, David Moolten picks at humanity’s darkest tendencies and deepest capacities for suffering. Like a patchwork quilt of the twentieth century, the poems in this volume handle violence and loss, questioning and disillusionment, determination and resilience. In quiet, authoritative and incantatory language, Moolten probes the fabric of culture in the West – from the Brothers Grimm to Arshile Gorky – for material that bears his project witness. What emerges is a densely woven and engaging collection of poems, delivered with rhythmic diction, and sometimes reminiscent of spoken word poetry in its rolling momentum and charged endings. With all of the darkness of war, genocide and internment that Moolten lays bare in this volume, there is also a light that enters through the “aperture” of his writing to illuminate the everyday people silhouetted against the dark backdrop of history, reworking their own suffering into beautiful stories. It is this creative power of narrative that stands against the destruction evident in human history in Primitive Mood, and which is also present in Moolten’s powerful and intelligent writing. Moolten’s language is crisp and evocative, and lends itself well to his project of storytelling and remembering.”

Philadelphia Stories, Fiction, Art, Poetry of the Delaware Valley, Winter 2009/2010

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2 comments
  1. Glenda said:

    I read on http://www.YourDailyPoem.com, this poem for the astronaut who once worked in the fields of California as a child and was touched by your words.
    Previous Astronaut Goes from Migrant Fields to Outer Space
    by David Moolten
    For José M. Hernández

    I had to visit your blog and I’m glad I did.

    • Glenda,

      Thank you for your kind comments. It’s always nice to come across a fellow poet. I visited your blog as well, which I enjoyed, and have added a link on my blogroll.

      David

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