Allusion as Construction in Sean Ironman’s
“And I Am Going To Provide As Numerous Roast Bones Since You Need”
Sean Ironman’s essay, “And i am going to provide you with As Many Roast Bones while you Need”** (River Teeth, Volume 21, no. 1, Fall 2019)—is the longest essay in River Teeth 21.1, as well as in exactly the same way its name winds and wends, so too does the essay, bridging memory and history and theory together to create one long road leading its means through the numerous means people and dogs have loved one another and lived together through the years. One aspect of Ironman’s writing that brings their essay together in a breathtaking means is his masterful utilization of allusion. “And i shall offer you as numerous Roast Bones As You Need” (“Roast Bones”) receives its name from a tale by Rudyard Kipling. Ironman writes:
In Kipling's tale "The Cat...