Poetry. Art. Color photographs by the author. Rick Mullin's TRANSOM is a poet's odyssey through the year 2016 set primarily in the financial district of Manhattan. The poems are written in a 15-line sonnet variant of Mullin's device, a form called the Third Sancerre. With views of the city from the docks at Hoboken's Lackawanna Terminal, from the top deck of the Ferry Stevens, and from the city's oldest streets—there are a few excursions to such places as Lake Charles, LA; Ithaca, NY; Cape May, NJ; and Cologne,Germany—TRANSOM logs the portents, "public and personal," of a transitional year. As X. Ray Burns wrote, "Public or personal, every situation, every moment of every day is a puzzle of beauty and ugliness. This goes generally unperceived or ignored by the masses. Mullin deciphers what most only observe."
Rick Mullin's poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, Epiphay, Measure, The Raintown Review, The New Criterion, and RABBIT EARS: POEMS ABOUT TV. His books are Huncke (Seven Towers, 2010), SOUTINE (Dos Madres Press, 2012), COELACANTH (Dos Madres Press, 2013), SONNETS FROM THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE (Dos Madres Press, 2014), STIGNATZ & THE USER OF VICENZA (Dos Madres Press, 2015) and TRANSOM (Dos Madres Press, 2017). His chapbooks are Aquinas Flinched (Exot, 2008), and The Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, 2013). He is a painter and a business journalist living in Caldwell, NJ, and working in the financial district of Manhattan.Author City: CALDWELL, NJ USA