Jake Levine "The Threshold of Erasure"
The Threshold of the Erasure is a place where monsters teach people how to wear their lover for a coat, a place where sirens and golden parrots still grace the treacherous waters of a sea-adventure, and where rhyme and metaphors of the fantastic exist together:
This work, a sequence of 16 poems, travels in and out of narrative scenes while primarily focusing on a lyrical presentation of the speaker’s observations. Sometimes, it grows unclear whether the speaker is the monster or the victim. Regardless, many times the speaker communicates for both:
Constantly tilting between melancholy and the humor that can accompany it, the poems use their rhythm and melodic cadence to create space for striking images of disappointment and mortality:
Though motifs may recur throughout this self-contained lyric sequence, “nothing repeats,” instead, rhymes, sound schemes, and tropes develop these poem’s thematic drives. Or as the poet writes,