Written by: Drake Morgan
Dark Roads is a collection of poetry spanning Bruce Boston’s long and illustrious writing career. Previously published, many appeared in magazines and limited-edition publications that have been long unavailable. They have been gathered in one collection and give readers an amazing peak into the depth and power of Boston’s writing.
The collection opens with “The Tiger Does Not Know.” First published in 1971, it’s a haunting work exploring the journey of the soul. One is seeking answers in dreams, metaphors, and images, but there are none to be found. The man keeps seeking, but his search is in vain. The closing line, “The tiger does not know that it is tiger named” is a powerful statement on the futility of Man to define, trap, and confine dreams. Boston often uses nature as a metaphor for the darkness within the human species. “Three Evocations of the Mutant Rain Forest” from 1989 is a disturbing foreshadowing to the nightmare of climate change we now face. Boston parallels the decay of nature to the decay of the human soul, this creating a terrifying dual descent into darkness.
His work is fierce, ferocious, haunting, poignant, and emotive. There is hope, despair, anger, and fear, often all contained within the same line. In one moment he can make you soar and then tear the wind from your wings in agony. It’s what dark poetry is meant to be.