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Torched Verse Ends by Steven D. Schroeder

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Torched Verse Ends Steven D. Schroeder BlazeVOX [books]

“These are the poems of a hooch-swilling layabout, shifty-eyed sneak thief, disagreeable cuss—in short, good work, but he scares my kids. That shaved head and Satanic goatee? The yelling about the government?”

—Aaron Anstett, author of Each Place the Body’s and No Accident

“Steven should have spoken up more in class.”

—Mark Jarman, author of Epistles and To the Green Man

“The poems in Steven D. Schroeder’s debut collection are not for the faint of heart. I mean this as the most serious of warnings. Upon reading them, you may find yourself locked in a cloakroom with nothing but his pages and a musty parka between you. Even if you resist, you may still dream, nightly, of absconding to Times Square with the author, frolicking in the orange light and snapping pictures. Buy three copies: one for the bookshelf, one to hide under your pillow, and one to keep close to your body at all times.”

—Mary Biddinger, author of Prairie Fever, editor of Barn Owl Review

“I warned Steven about all the first-book pitfalls, but he refused to listen.”

—Gina Franco, author of The Keepsake Storm

“In Torched Verse Ends, Steven D. Schroeder pulls poetry out of its too-small boxes and scatters it all over the room. One poem imitates form, the next mocks mental health surveys, and the herky-jerky music mixes high diction and slang, pop culture and wordplay, solemn hymns to nature and geeky robotic laws. Why deny lines like ‘Nature is a MILF’ or ‘Artificial plants inhaled oxygen, exhaled chlorofluorocarbons’ or ‘Your lips could suck the gin from juniper’? Schroeder is a serious poet, whether the poem is sad, surreal, or just plain silly.”

—Richard Newman, author of Borrowed Towns, editor of River Styx

“If my poetry was as bad as Shroeder’s [sic] is, I’d be really unhappy.”

—Bill Knott, author of The Unsubscriber and Laugh at the End of the World

“Schroeder basically explodes (implodes?) all over the page with a thousand little in-your-face factoids and statements. His poems feel scientific . . . and very deliberate, but almost like he's writing from inside a pending ulcer in the pit of his stomach. . . . There did not seem to be a lot of Schroeder in Schroeder's poetry, but there was a ton of twitchy, insomniatic (?) intelligence.”

—Brooklyn Copeland, editor of Taiga

“Steven’s vocabulary is so extensive that I have to look up several words per sentence when reading his current poems.”

—Steven’s grandmother

Steven D. Schroeder’s writing is available or forthcoming from Verse, Pleiades, Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, River Styx, The National Poetry Review (where he won the Laureate Prize), The Southeast Review, and Verse Daily. Scantily Clad Press published 90 Percent of Everything, an echapbook of his poetry, in 2008. He edits the online journal Anti- and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer. His body currently lives in St. Louis, but part of his heart will always be in Colorado.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 78 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-934289-71-6


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