By Jack B. Bedell
Through his narrative poetry, Bedell offers a correct illustration of the panorama of the zone and is smart of its tradition and other people. His poems mirror the pictures and reviews universal to Acadiana-saltwater marshes and cypress swamps; cleansing redfish, looking teal, hearing the damaged tones in an previous oil-field laborers voice-making the zone and its population obtainable to a much wider viewers and whilst bringing him towards figuring out himself and his heritage.
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Page 40 Cleaning Redfish with Uncle The sun never shone on fishing days. That was a law. Everything the sky, the water, the dock that held us over Bayou Dularge matched Uncle's gray-green slickers. The ritual was always the same, redfish clamped to the fillet table, Uncle looking from dock to sky as if to feel himself in place before staring into the fish's eye. It's a rule, you see. Staring keeps the fish in place so you can slice down from pectoral to tail and leave only spine, guts, and gills to throw back breathing to the water.
Page 20 At the Zoo In front of the bear cage at Audubon Park, Norm and I sit watching a fat old woman slobbering over a melting Nutty-Buddy dripping sticky yellow first on her dotted blue and white dress, then onto her varicosed thighs, and finally down to the tortured nylon that strangles her calves, strangles and holds to spit her out of its stretchy sock-tunnel. Norm and I and the bears all see her as she bends to pick the last bite from the ground where it leapt to escape her moustache. This scene is too much for a pigeon nearby; we hear bones pop in his wings when he flies away.
His own breakfast pops in the skillet behind him; the afternoon's turkey sweats in the oven stirring the cat toward the door. He has beaten the sun to all this again so waits for its light to crawl over his hill. He knows he will have to wake the woman soon, but lets her sleep for now while she grows by the minute into something that breathes for them both. For this, he wonders if his fair share is to wake early and slide food onto warmed plates, to straighten things and speak softly around her.
At the Bonehouse (Texas Review Southern and Southwestern Poetry Breakthrough Series) by Jack B. Bedell