Lost Poet: Four Plays by Jesse Glass
Author: Jesse Glass
Publisher: Blazevox Books (2010)
In this selection of plays, Jesse Glass's imagination rages, leaps and staggers from the Challenger disaster of 1986 to the hallucinated lucubrations of Thomas Holley Chivers (friend and rival of Edgar Allan Poe), and manages to cover the arrival of a cosmic, sexual vermiform lemure of the Kabbalistic Bohu-Tohu in a reportorial manner worthy of N.P.R., while ringing the changes on a young man's sexual angst in the face of the ambiguities of the Summerland. Visionary, gutteral, Artaudian, relentless, filled with the televised promise of a black and white yesterday and the anguished cry of tomorrow's prize-winning Flamenco singer, Glass's plays disengage, disencumber, debride, devour and deflower even while they detonate on the Senecan tongue in the midst of intoning. They scale their own Everests, plant their own flags, and play Stanley to the Livingstone of our burgeoning post-post-post-post-modernity.