These memoir-like stories show the progress of the protagonist from an almost idyllic beginning into the angst of early manhood. Told in a spare but attractive prose style. The last two section are... More > render in free verse. "Keep On Keeping On" an Prufrockian narrative and "The Temperature of Love" a sequence.< Less
"A Small Silent Ordeal" takes place in the coal region of southwestern Pennsylvania in the 1950's. It is a book of courage and action. Michael, its teen hero, blames himself for his friend... More > Daniel's crushed leg, because his courage failed him the day of the accident at an abandoned mine shaft. Alfie, his arch rival, supports this view.
Through a series of encounters -- a stranger, who talks a down-to-earth brand of "metaphysics:" the healing of a dog's gunshot wound by the laying on of hands; an unexpected outcome from a visit to Daniel; Michael's cousin, Kate's, snakebite, and the crookedbacked mine pensioner, who administers her first aid; a dangerous climb on a waterfall; and finally a coded message left behind by the mysterious stranger -- through these encounters, Michael learns the uselessness of guilt and the rudiments of courage.< Less
In Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses, Larry Kimmel brings his unique blend of east-west aesthetics into full fruition. Kimmel has always displayed a wide range of subject matter... More > in his highly imagistic style, but here we find, for the first time, a lightly suggested metaphysics, somewhat reminiscent of Cid Corman. While Blue Night is a wonderfully woven tapestry of variety, complexity and unity, the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses is a collage of cherita, a recent assimilation of the haiku and tanka techniques brought into an English-language short verse form. Kimmel has made the cherita his own, using it both as a nano-narrative and lyrical vehicle. Added to this collection is The Temperature of Love, a free verse sequence hinting at a disquieted mind that finds an uneasy, sometimes resolution. This second edition of Blue Night & the inadequacy of long-stemmed roses is a fascinating journey into the mind-scape of a poet, one who is acquainted with the night in all its cosmic ramifications.< Less
Here are 177 tanka culled from the past decade of Larry Kimmel's work in this genre. Referred to as one of the seminal east-west fusionists, Kimmel covers a wide range of subject matter including a... More > love of land, urban nights, eroticism and philosophical speculation. He uses all five senses, and while his method is imagistic, a certain heightened use of language is the hallmark of his craft.< Less