Pointing Out the Foolishiness of Our Ways | Review of “The Purpose Pitch” by Kathryn Mockler (2015) Mansfield Press

Pitch

We all do things that make no sense at times. Be it a bad habit or a misused word or even a glance at something forbidden, we are all engaged in something that makes no sense or serves no purpose. But in our day-to-day lives, do we see that how nonsensical or foolish or even harmful those actions are. Kathryn Mockler has given us a mirror of some of modern civilization’s foolishness in her collection of poetry called The Purpose Pitch.

World 1 (Page 12)

World,  I’m worried about you. Everything is so sad. I had a dream I died and being dead was like being behind a glass wall where you could see and hear everything but no one could see or hear you like a fly in a jar. When you’re a ghost you are constantly spying constantly spying, constantly eavesdropping, but you don’t have anyone to tell your secrets to – even if you witness a murder or an elaborate plot by the government against the people. When you are dead there is no CIA. Ghosts can’t gossip with other ghosts. It’s not part of the plan.

Mockler uses different styles of writing AND different scenes to show us what is off in our civilization. It takes a careful reading and re-reading at times to grasp at the message that she is trying to convey but the euphoria that the mind’s eye receives when it grasps a concept is illuminating and addictive.

The Blob (Excerpt – page 25)

-A blob is sitting on the couch because people have become blobs. People can also time travel and talk to each other from the future and the past.

-You mean when you are fifty you can talk to your husband when he was ten he’ll talk back to you?

-Yes. Or your mother or sister or you best friend.

-That is confusing.

-It’s how we communicate now. We’ve solved the issue of time.

-It sounds like we’ve made time more confusing.

-You’re just saying that because you are ten. When you are seventy like me, you will understand how great it is. You’ll understand that you as a seventy-year-old have been worn down by life and lost all of your pizazz. For example, I’d rather talk to my husband before he had all those back problems. I’d rather talk to that version of him than the person he is now. Now he’s always sore, always complaining. Nothing is good enough.

-It sounds like you are putting him down. It sounds like you don’t like him anymore.

-Not at all. In fact, since the time travel, we hardly ever fight.

Mockler on occasion will mash-up or mix-up elements comments from our society to show a common trait or thread in society. By doing so she awakes many observations and thoughts in our minds which – perhaps – will lead to change and improvement.

APRIL 3- MAY 31 2014 (Except page 54)

VANCOUVER POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED JOGGING THROUGH STANLEY PARK MONDAY MORNING

SOUTH WALES POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN A VW VAN IN JERSEY MARINE

ACCORDING TO POLICE, ON THURSDAY, MAY 1, AROUND 10:30 P.M., A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSUALTED ON COMO LAKE AVENUE NEAR WESTWOOD STREET.

HYDERBAD: DESPITE CLAIMS OF THE CYBERABAD POLICE OF INTENSE PATROLLING ON THE OUTER RING ROAD (ORR), A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSULTED, STABBED AND LEFT TO DIE ON THE EIGHT-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AT HIMATYATSAGAR LATE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED NEAR WASTE GROUND IN CORBY WHERE A DODOG WALKER WAS STABBED JUST DAYS EARLIER

POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AFTER A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON A TRAIN BETWEEN CENTRAL AND PENRITH.

This book may appear to be a slim volume but the thoughts in it are complex and need to be read carefully to fully appreciate what is being said. These are thoughts that need to be pondered in all senses of the meaning of the word. This isn’t a book that rushed through and forgotten.

WORLD 8 (Page 87)

World, if it was just you and me standing at the edge of a cliff, and I could only save one of us, I wouldn’t take a moment to even think. I’d give you a little nudge to speed things along as you tumbled all the way down and cracked into pieces. But don’t worry. This is a good thing. I’m glad I discovered just how much I despise you. I really feel better about myself now. I feel better about where thing stand between us. I would have come to talk to you sooner, but I got busy and then I forgot.

The Purpose Pitch by Kathryn Mockler gives us an opportunity to consider the unnoted foolishness in the world. Her words and phrases need to be carefully pondered here but the effort is worthwhile for the enlightenment it brings.

Link to Kathryn Mockler’s website

Link to Mansfield Press’ webpage for The Purpose Pitch

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