076.1: Jeff Downey:: A Chamber Apart
5 September 2011
Jeff Downey’s work operates within its own unique sanctuary of call and response. In “A Chamber Apart”, the poem is dictated by short lines and tight enjambments that yield all the fun of conundrum and contradiction. “If it’s in a movie, same thing,” begins the second sentence of this longer poem and is a microcosm of what this beautiful piece offers: "and if it’s in a dream, something, / some newspaper folded in such a way / as to keep every insert." “Same thing,” becomes “something,” and such an odd but uniquely clever sentence exhibits where and how Downey’s leviathan intends to play ball: on its own terms and even a shrewd reader cannot help but to be happy to go with it.