If life in this century is governed by a sense of alienation - from ourselves, from each other, and the natural world, then what connection or relationship does this poem try to reestablish or to forge?
The first couplet of "Finch Station," "After a long day, you’d think we’d drag our feet. / But we’re all elbows, jostling to catch the next bus," reminds me of a line from one of Philippe Jaccott's poems, "We live in a world of motion and distance." These lines are so simple but so true. Sometimes it refreshing for poets to point the out seemingly obvious because it comforts me the reader. Why? because it reassured me that my experience are like those of the rest of humanity.
We do live in a world of motion and distance and as McOrmond points out in "Finch Station" in a world of speed. We are so absorbed with the "machinery of living day-to-day" that we are rarely take the time to deeply connect to ourselves, others and the natural world.
I think McOrmond wanted to provoke in his reader feelings of loss. McOrmond is drawing attention to the fact life today with all it's innovation and technology which do add must to our lives, also robbed us of the stillness and true connection of living in the present and getting lost in the mysteries and intricacies of others.... ourselves and the nature.
The connection of the young deaf couple in this poem is so deep and their presence so captivating that it forces the reader to wonder who is really at a lost, the couple because they cannot hear each other or everyone else who is distracted, divided, and pulled every which way by the sounds, smells and sights that surround them. "If they could hear, / would the boy and girl still reach that other place / I yearn for? Looking into her eyes, the boy loses his balance. / They can hardly pay attention to what their hands are saying." Perhaps without all the senses, we are able to focus more, on our writing like Milton, our music like Beethoven and our relations like the deaf couple. It is an interesting proposition anyway!
Quick side note!! This poem also reminds me of the Father John Misty's Song “True Affection”
(The intro is super long)