Against the backdrop of travels to Thailand, Hurricane Katrina, and life and death across continents, Cameron Conaway stuns with his new chapbook, Bonemeal from Finishing Line Press. It is taut, full, and wise, with a fresh “language of fraying” that not many poets take advantage of.
The author’s recent travels no doubt inspired many parts of this tour through our ever-changing political and personal landscapes. Unlikely pairings of words stand together seamlessly, just as the tourists and natives in these poems find commonalities in their colliding of worlds. We witness “the distance when one life/ becomes a show for another” and we are entrenched in a place where “Blood cannot be/ without dancing.” Yes, with this book, “the weight of wait” is worth something.