Still No Sign of Them

Jeanne Ann DeWeese

Abstract

Still No Sign of Them, a collection of poems, speaks of a desire and failure to belong and form connections with the outside world accompanied by an attitude of worried indifference. This is accomplished through a style of disjointed stanzas, line breaks, and thoughts, and a voice of spontaneous colloquialism. In the section, "The Past," the limits aging places upon the speaker creates a nostalgia for youth, a youth which took place in the sixties. In the poem "Soldiers," through superficial changes, the speaker gains a false sense of control. In the section "The Marriage," the protagonist removes herself as victim and achieves control through accepting and embracing a world where green is "so green it's blue." In "Pismo Beach," while the presence of a happy couple is disturbing, the speaker becomes aware of the possibility of making her life into one "with wings." Similar to my poetry, the translations of the work of contemporary Polish poets Anna Barszczewska and Adam Mierzwinski speak of connecting with another only through written words and "painless respiration," which Barszczewska finds "still unsuccessful."