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"The Basement Trains" by Roman Payne
ModeRoom Press | 2006 | ISBN 978-0-6151-3576-2

The Basement Trains is available in many American bookstores and select bookstores in Paris. Suggested retail is $5.80. The currently published edition is bilingual, French and English, with the two languages offset on facing pages for quick refrence between the translation and the original English version.

About the Book:
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 prose 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; and, 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.
"A lyrical masterpiece!" - Reactor Magazine
"Roman Payne brings a very mellifluous style, sublime effects, a kind of chivalric erotic melancholy, and a sense of hope and ardor peculiar to hs talent. It's a pleasure to read his sentences."
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