Route 7 Review - Page 99

Tom C. Hunley Plunk Review By William Nesbitt The first poem self-reflexively comments on the insufficiencies and limitations of language, the self-consciousness of self-expression, and the difficulty getting started through just two letters in the brilliantly titled and well-placed “Um.” Through the poem we realize that our failed attempts at communication are just another one of the “awful noises.” As the narrator says, “‘I realize that whatever I’ve been saying / isn’t the point at all,’” knowing all too well that talking about the thing is not the thing. The finger pointing at the ocean is never the ocean. The poem concludes with the narrator ( Ɩ