In Praise of TRAIN ROMANCE
In this amazing book by Ken Silvestri, Natasha Rabin, and Cat Weaver, we are brought into their individual worlds and their unique fascination with trains. Ken Silvestri's photographs add another artistic dimension that allows us to see trains with new eyes. I love the entire book with its powerful, evocative poems and the sharply detailed photographs, and I am grateful to these three poets and artists who have reminded me of the longing that trains so often inspire.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Poet, American Book Award for All That Lies Between Us
The universal experience of train travel is captured with nostalgia, humor, sadness and exquisite detail in Train Romance. Anyone who has ever leaned their forehead against the cool glass of a rushing train as it rolls through a lonely countryside, will smile in recognition at this lovely collection.
Screenwriter, The Replacements and Fly Away Home
This beautifully evocative book ignited long lost memories of emigrating to LA as a little boy with my parents, riding on the Super Chief with its Pleasure Dome observation deck. Long days in a world of its own. Chugging through consciousness, the hopeful imagery of this book delivers us to an experience of the world that is full of sensation. Heartfelt elegies for a way of life, whistling, rumbling, gliding, clattering, whooshing through our minds. Reflecting back at us a form of past and perhaps future civilization.
Author, The Art of Is and Free Play
Like the trains they take as subject, the poems in this collection carry the reader along a journey. The scenery changes, characters come and go. From Ken Silvestri’s nostalgia for a train-rich childhood, Natasha Rabin’s world travels, and Cat Weaver’s excursion into literature (imagining Anna Karenina dressing for her fateful encounter with a locomotive) trains appear in a variety of functions and facets. Like an actual train journey, these poems leave us changed and enriched by the experience.
Poet, ZOMBIES at the Disco, Caught in the Myth and Dazzle
If you have ever felt the lure, mystery and haunting seduction of trains, then Train Romance is a book that is a necessary addition to your bookshelf. Ken Silvestri, Natasha Rabin and Cat Weaver each contributed individual poems in strong distinctive voices that add power to this engaging and evocative manuscript. And the photographs by Ken Silvestri are memorable. Order your ticket for a journey that is Train Romance – a book you’ll read again and again.
Laura Boss (1938-2021)
Poet, The Best Lover and Family Business; Founder & Editor of Lips Magazine
These evocative poems capture a variety of train-related memories and meditation – sometimes movingly, sometimes humorously, always vividly. Their range is wide: from Sloatsburg and Hoboken to Russia and China; from holding a baby in one’s arms to imagining Anna Karenina’s suicide. They are sure to bring back some train rides of your own and perhaps even inspire you to set them down in prose or –even better—verse.
Richard A. Davison, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English, University of Delaware