Many voices, including perhaps that of God, can be heard in Stephen Bluestone’s The Painted Clock, a three-part meditation on the journey to Treblinka — the death camp itself, and the ultimate destination within the camp, the death chamber. Within the camp, time stops, history comes to an end, and even nature as we know it is abolished. Using Treblinka as a setting, Bluestone examines the human relationship with God. Having granted man the power of moral choice, does God too become a victim of the Holocaust? The title poem of this volume is a powerful exploration of the covenant, if any, between the Creator and the created. The Painted Clock stands in the tradition of Elie Wiesel and the Book of Psalms, while recalling Paul Celan in its attempt to comprehend the Holocaust; to pray is to go in all directions at once, Stephen Bluestone acknowledges, and in poems that are prayerful and therefore formidably allusive, historical, and ambitious in their formalities, the poet relates “stupendous tales…begging to be told.”
The Painted Clock and Other Poems
- From the Publisher
May 25, 2018
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