Ekstasis Editions, 1998
from the publisher
Two lovers find themselves up a lazy river without a paddle, their houseboat stuck in a reedy marsh in Hades. What to do? One of them eats shrimp, drinks beer (throwing the pop tops over the taffrial), and strums the guitar. The other tells their story. A work of exhilarating range, from humour to lyricism, Houseboat on the Styx depicts primal human wanderlust from the mythological journey of the soul to contemporary forms of travel. Above all, A. F. Moritz’s poem explores kinship between the outcast of all ages, and the impoverished, belated, fatalistic, yet still-aspiring character of modern culture.