Transom by Rick Mullin


Rick Mullin’s Transom is a poet’s Odyssey through the year 2016 set primarily in the financial district of Manhattan. The poems are written in a 15-line sonnet variant of Mullin’s device, a form called the Third Sancerre. With views of the city from the docks at Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal, from the top deck of the Ferry Stevens, and from the city’s oldest streets–there are a few excursions to such places as Lake Charles, LA; Ithaca, NY; Cape May, NJ; and Cologne,Germany–Transom logs the portents, “public and personal,” of a transitional year.

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  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 82
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: March 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-76-1


“Public or personal, every situation, every moment of every day is
a puzzle of beauty and ugliness.
This goes generally unperceived
or ignored by the masses. Mullin
deciphers what most only observe.”
X.Ray Burns, WFMU, Jersey City, NJ



I’ll file my magnum opus on a date
that doesn’t ordinarily occur.
My deadline’s flexible to compensate
for disappearing acts. And to be sure,
these windows over Broadway open still
between Exchange and Beaver. Now a Bull
of Gold whose balls are photographed
by Chinese girls on holiday will pull
its horns to spike my copy. Jesus laughed
at killer headlines and the poison pill.
But that was yesterday. The 28th.
Today, I’m ready with a tour-de-force,
four columns and a hardy leap of faith.
My morning coat throws shadows on the bourse.
It billows on a marble windowsill.


Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, Epiphay, Measure, The Raintown Review, The New Criterion, and Rabbit Ears: Poems About TV. His books are Huncke (Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, 2010), Soutine (Dos Madres Press, Loveland, Ohio, 2012), Coelacanth (Dos Madres Press, 2013), Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (Dos Madres Press, 2014), and Stignatz & the User of Vicenza (Dos Madres Press, 2015). His chapbooks are Aquinas Flinched (Exot, New York, 2008), and The Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, Germantown, Kentucky, 2013). He is a painter and a business journalist living in Caldwell, NJ, and working in the financial district of Manhattan.

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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in