A kaleidoscopic net woven of words
R. Kolewe’s A Net of Momentary Sapphire offers three closely related poetic sequences, which are random recombinant rearrangements of a poignant but obsessively repetitive source text. They are streams of consciousness in which no stable self can be elucidated. A broken long poem, this singular net is an interrogation of the aftermath of twentieth-century modernism, looking both backwards and forwards – an eternal return.
Once again & innumerable times again
the required solitude, renunciation, strange
curtained doubt artifice all jewelled
& after this
silent time, these days
& nights in desert
dry country, dry thoughts
—from “The foretaste of a vision but never the vision itself”
About the author
R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years, while living in a picturesque village in southwestern Ontario. Always a reader, he began to devote his time to writing not long after returning to Toronto in 2007. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, and The Puritan, and he has been associated with the online magazine of Canadian poetics, influencysalon.ca. He also takes photographs. Find Kolewe's work online at http://r.kolewe.net, http://hudsonpoems.net or follow him on Twitter @rkolewe.