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PART I. The Written Text.
Start in the middle. Speak to the heart. Touch the quick flesh of words. Explore the bardo of the instant. Bring the present moment suddenly, startlingly, to life. Thomas Meyer does that: he wakes us up to ourselves, and makes us wonder why we had been so long asleep. Coromandel is an urgent message from another world but which one? The deities within us speak and become words on a page: swooning, we follow.
PART II. The Spoken Word.
Tom told me once he listens to books on tape while jogging, or driving which made me shudder at the thought. Somehow the idea of an actor imposing his interpretation of a book on my own imaginings of how it should sound makes me inwardly rebel. In Time Regained, the narrator can never open a book he read as a child for fear that the scenes he remembers in it either won’t be there at all or will seem dull and lifeless in comparison to his vivid memories of it, the characters flat and one-dimensional compared to the living beings he carries within him. Tom reading Coromandel, however, is quite another matter. Somehow as soon as he starts to speak you know this is how it should sound; what’s more, he reads the poem just as you would not too fast, not too slow, but with same urgency and intimacy you felt when you first read it. A close friend is telling you something you thought you knew, but may have dreamt. And then the dream speaks.
Charlotte Mandell Kelly
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