Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Review of 2010 is being compiled…

Yep, The Poplar Tree is busy at the moment compiling an end of year review that will take the form of a PDF. The Poplar Tree infact begin life as a little fanzine that never made it out of the shed (see section entitled who am I?). It sounds obvious to say, but an electronic version of a fanzine is cheaper and easier to distribute, plus you can all have a giggle at my crappy design skills. It’ll be posted in December sometime soon…thanks

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The Closing Lines at the End of The Road


As the year 2010 is drawing to a close, The Poplar Tree has decided to file one last post on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

At the very end of The Road the novel closes on an image of brook trout: “They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their back were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again.”

In his closing prophetic lines, McCarthy is reminding us about the fragility of life and the brook trout image represents man’s knowledge of the world; everything we know about time and evolution can be held in the palm of our hand, and is symbolised by the patterns on a trout’s back. Humans unlike any other living being can trace its history and creation back to the earliest details, from the evolution of apes to bits of flint left for millennia under layers of earth in a cave.  It’s astounding to sit and think for a moment about how much history is bound to a little piece of flint or arrowhead – we can glean such a lot from such little things. At the end of The Road, the image of the brook trout is like the piece of flint on a cave floor because it too represents evolution, and more importantly, predates humanity itself. Continue reading

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