poem begins in ‘an ancient garden in
the midnight city’, where a nocturnal
recollection of the past begins an epic voyage
traversing centuries of ideas and continents
of profound imagery.
Basement Trains”, Payne’s greatest
long poem, written when he was 28 years old,
conjures up a wealth of poetic legacies: from
Dante’s visit to the underworld, to
TS Eliot’s ‘mind of Europe’.
Here, one sees William Blake, Milton, the
Catholic Bible, Greek and Roman Myth, Russian
folklore; while, beyond this, one hears the
voice of Roman Payne in its purest poetic
bilingual first-edition contains the superb
translation into French by Aurélien
Galateau. This edition is illustrated with
photographic plates by the author.
Here to download the English version of
"The Basement Trains" in MP3 format
(Read by Roman Payne). Bilingual version is
available for purchase in softcover format