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quest, conflict, pollution, identity, responsive painting to poem


Ragain's poem "The Procedure is Called Limited Containment”, is the inspiration for “Jesus Jockey”. Ragain’s verse describes the conundrum of his young geologist son. He is assigned to contain “(a) pool of bone eating doomsday toothpaste…lined with layer after layer of Hefty bags…expected to last no more than thirty years." The son is caught in a toxic swamp. An image appears of a jockey pulling off each layer of his muddied goggles. The son’s conflict has a path, "remember that Jesus was a jockey, blind and skinny and devout." Clear your eyes. Ragain, Maj A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tacklebox. Pavement Saw Press, Ohio, 2006 pp.137-139