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NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor by bart plantenga — review by Mark McCawley

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NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor

by bart plantenga

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
Nysin1NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor
by bart plantenga
Barncott Press, 140pp, December 5, 2012
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B00AJ5SDFK
Fiction, Travel

“NY in spring is backtalk & edgy. Attitudes leaking from cooped-up psyches.” – Guy Trebay

NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor combines elements and techniques of the novella, the travel diary, flash fiction, and the prose poem in an insightful and intriguing work of metafiction which renders and revisits New York City as only someone who has lived there possibly can — through the memories and imagination of an inhabitant:”I, like other New Yorkers, became “inured to the ravages,” as Flora Lewis described it, “around them they scarcely notice anymore.” This deadening of senses & morality allows us to believe we’re outwitting our environment.” This is how plantenga describes the Unloaded Camera Snapshot idea in the introduction, documenting “snapshots” of everyday life at a rate of 1 per day: “zen blinks, pop flashes, heated moments, & satori-sloshed sidewalk haikus re-pollinated my existence with the fecund details of the quotidian…using my third eye as a macro lens & suddenly noticing things again.” Ghosts of one New York mingling with another like passing pedestrians playing hopscotch in phenomenological detail amid urban decay while battling violently for the permanence and dominance of vision and memory — a blend of the real and the imaginary:
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