John Lent: A Rock Solid

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  • Craig McLuckie

A Rock Solid (1978), published by the small and innovative Dreadnaught Press, combines prose passages and poems. Lent's first book plays off the various senses of the term rock: geological, musical, and etymological, with emphasis on its derivation from the Old High German rucken: “to cause to move”. The term solid relates to the Cubist-influenced geometric structure, an insight prompted by the epigraph from Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger's Du Cubisme (1912). Combined, the “rock solid” signposts a pre-postmodern emphasis on fluidity and stasis. The title's indefinite article foregrounds this rock solid as one petite narrative among many; that is, the structure and sense are not a univocal, …

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McLuckie, Craig. "A Rock Solid". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 March 2004
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