Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a
prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and
his relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated by
language, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential art
form, or merely a screen for the reader’s projections? Instead of following the
dictates of his fellowship, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on the
possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with
the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness
to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, does he participate in
historic events or merely watch them pass him by?
prose that veers between the comic and tragic, the self-contemptuous and the
inspired, Leaving the Atocha Station is a portrait of the artist as a
young man in an age of Google searches, pharmaceuticals, and spectacle. Download and start listening now!