The melancholy fiction exchange
sent me a vivid unfinished tale
about a man living in a bird cage
in an environment so damaged
it can no longer nourish dreams
of journeys — on horseback, on a train,
across the steppes of Kazakhstan,
to Iran, Istanbul, New York City itself.
A story of the broken road,
the dead lake, the last illusion.
Source: “NPR Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2014’s Great Reads.” Text by Ellah Allfrey, Saeed Jones, and Peter Kenyon reviewing The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov, The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour, and The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor respectively.
About the Author
Scott Condon has published book reviews, essays, and poetry in a variety of publications, and he has had a poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poems, found and otherwise, have appeared in such publications as Poetry Northwest, Ellipsis, Fine Madness, Floating Bridge Review, and the Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly.