The Riparian

The Riparian is a dangerous shimmering chimeric space where “Things broken wash up.” “Did you expect,” a bartender asks, “a constant party here in the drowned city of the joyful damned?” Pasold strikes a meticulous balance between the hideous and the sublime: suddenly – among water rats, spit, semen, pubic hair, hurt dogs, and missing persons – there is a sparrow, or a drag queen in a 70s movie poster rock star candy wig. This is a Trump-era epic, an x-ray of a city’s grit, shit, and sorrow. It is a song with a love story and thirty tragedies, overheard on a piano “dismantled, marooned, / With the river washing through its exposed strings.” ~ John Wall Barger, author of The Book of Festus.