By Guest Contributor Jorge Antonio Vallejos, cross-posted from Black Coffee Poet
We all have a noise in our mind at some point. That thing we are thinking about, contemplating, frustrated over. It buzzes in your ear and on your brain. Rudyard Fearon’s Noise in my Mind is a collection of the thoughts that have the Jamaican poet up at night writing after a lot of thinking. In his minimalist style the talented scribe says a lot with very few words.
Working at a library by day Fearon puts pen to pad at night. He stays at work after his shift ends to read, write, re-write, and better himself at his chosen craft. And you can see it in his short poems made up of five or so lines that leave you thinking for five hours.
In The Better Way, Fearon explores a reality that many hope never to witness: suicide on the subway. You always hear rumors about daily jumpers; the codes spoken over the loud speaker get people thinking that every “emergency” at another station means death; and a couple of times a year the cover of the newspaper has a story about someone deciding their end, or worse, the end of another.