supply chain by Pimone Triplett
University of Iowa Press, 2017
Reviewed by Matt Fowler
Pimone Triplett’s supply chain is a complex collection of poems examining the relationship between the apparatus of daily life and the individual shaped by such a tragedy. Triplett’s poems confront the reader with ecological destruction, self-doubt, intellectual control, and the nagging anxiety of trying to navigate a hostile social construct.
The tone is set early in the collection with the poem “The End of Evolution“ where Triplett examines the intersection of industrial society and the natural world in relation to the individual life. Triplett forces the reader to take notice of our cultural schizophrenia with lines like;
Leading to environment under control,
later given the sack.
As in sacristy, sacrifice, fissure
and crack, smudge where the time-snotted
genome of a single goat gets fiddled with,
making him faint at first wolf’s howl
in a signal to save others.
Triplett’s supply chain is a clear and pointed look at the survival of all things; ego, personality, landbase, structure, and family as they are twisted and contorted within the hyper-rigid chain of command that is existence within modern society.
the flatbeds loaded with lumber, clear cuts
the shipping lanes crammed cargo full—
nothing like what we’d like
to be by now—
It is Triplett’s haunting tone in partnership with her masterful vocabulary and imagery that make supply chain a must-read for any admirer of contemporary poetry.