March 28, 2013

Voices from the Titanic

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
by Allan Wolf

Poet Allan Wolf recreates the voices of Titanic passengers and crew in this dramatic novel. His cast of characters include shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, captain E.J. Smith, socialite Margaret Brown, immigrants Olaus Abelseth and Jamila Nicola-Yarred, undertaker John Snow, the Iceberg, and even a rat. Interspersed among their stories are actual reports, telegrams, and distress calls that make the impending tragedy all the more heart-rending.

Wolf uses free verse, rhyme, rhythm, and concrete forms to convey class, station, duty, hope, sorrow, and loss to devastating effect. An amazing accomplishment.

Highly recommended.

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