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August 2006:

The First Edition of "The Basement Trains" will be available in bilingual soft-cover format this summer (ModeRoom Press). French version of English original translated by Aurélien Galateau.

Book Description: The 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.

“The 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 form.

This bilingual first-edition contains the superb translation into French by Aurélien Galateau. This edition is illustrated with photographic plates by the author.

Click 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 (ModeRoom Press).

 
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