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Tim J. Myers interviewed on Drunken Odyssey

Tim J. Myers interviewed on Drunken Odyssey

 

 

Tim J. Myers is interviewed about Dear Beast Loveliness, and other matters, with John King on Drunken Odyssey:  http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2013/08/25/episode-63-tim-j-myers/

 

 

 

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Brushes with, by Kristina Marie Darling reviewed on HTMLGiant

Brushes with, by Kristina Marie Darling reviewed on HTMLGiant

 

A terrific new review of Brushes with, by Kristina Marie Darling was just published in HTML Giant.

25 Points: Brushes With,

Brushes With,
by Kristina Marie Darling
BlazeVOX [books], 2013
50 pages / $16.00 buy from BlazeVOX or Amazon
 
 
1. This is Kristina Marie Darling’s 11th book of poetry; she is not even 30 years old yet.
2. Darling eschews traditional forms of poetry in favor of her own unique formal constraints: the use of footnotes, appendixes, images, definitions, bracketed verse, and erasure poetry.  However, in Brushes With, Darling adds a new form to her repertoire: the narrative prose poem.
3. The collection begins: “We were no longer in love.  The sky, too, was beginning to show its wear.”  From this point forward, readers are plunged into many complex layers of the rubble of abandonment and loss.
4. The footnotes serve as historical commentary on the prose text.  This makes for a matrix-like experience.  We are reading a person’s intimate words, but we also know that this text has been abandoned, then found, then studied, then put on display.  This technique makes the experience of reading the prose poems feel illicit in some way.  We are peering into a labyrinth of secrets that are not meant for our eyes, yet are now uncomfortably preserved and public.
5. Even while reminiscing on the relationship before its end, the speaker foreshadows doom: “You told me there was dark matter I couldn’t see. That every star is a dead star.”
6. The imagery, like the one above, proves to be richly complex.  All stars are dead; therefore, that which enchants us, that which we wish upon, that which we map out, gaze upon, pray to, is also doomed.  In every romantic union, there is something dark that we don’t see coming, yet we should be aware that it’s there.
7. In “Feminism,” the speaker states: “I began to realize the significance of this gesture.  What is love but a parade of memorable objects, a row of dead butterflies pinned under glass?”  Ouch!
8. The speaker’s take on love is relentlessly jaded, yet she comes to sharp edged truths.  What is love but our desire to possess, collect, admire.  Yet, in doing so, we must sacrifice the subject’s life.
9. Footnote 18. ‘This statue of the Holy Mother would later be found headless in a tiny museum in northern France.”  Once again, we have worship, mementoes, collection, ownership—all leading to destruction. Facelessness.
10. The marriage documented in the book unravels due to affairs. 
11. Footnote 22. “She began referring to the affair as a ‘benevolent guillotine.’ The silver blades poised to kill.”  Wow…just wow.  The unhappiness in the union proves itself so profound that the betrayals become merciful in their ability to destroy her.

Be sure to check out the whole review here.

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Congratulations to Geoffrey Gatza is listed on The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013) @ the Huffington Post

 

It is my great pleasure to congratulate Geoffrey Gatza on being named as one of The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013) @ the Huffington Post. This list, complied by Seth Abramson, includes Bob Dylan, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Patti Smith, and Stephen Colbert. This is a huge honor and we all at BlazeVOX are very proud of Geoffrey’s hard work. Please take a moment to read the whole article:

 

Huffington Post: The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013)

http://huff.to/1eHIK79

 

 

Sincerely, Aloysius Werner

BlazeVOX Publicity Director

 

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PETRARCHAN by Kristina Marie Darling reviewed on HTMLGiant

 

25 Points: Petrarchan

IMG_0044 00 02Petrarchan
by Kristina Marie Darling
BlazeVOX [books], 2013
72 pages / $16.00 buy from BlazeVOX or Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

“Within every box, I found only compartment after compartment.”

 

1. Petrarchan is Kristina Marie Darling’s 8th book, published by the ever controversial Blaze Vox Books. (Yikes. Remember that whole thing? I still have love for the Vox, though.)

2. Much in the way she “took liberties with H. D.’s letters” in THE BODY IS A LITTLE GILDED CAGE, Darling uses ekphrasis, careful appropriation, erasure, and the work of Petrarch and Sappho (the latter, via Anne Carson’s translations) to achieve her grand illusion.

3. Kristina Marie Darling’s voice as a writer is unmistakable and unshaken regardless of mode or form. Of this, I am thoroughly convinced.

4. In fact, one thing that has repeatedly struck me about Kristina is how much larger in stature her writing voice is than its author. To be clear, this is not to reduce her as a person, but to exemplify her work as a force. Often, in an effort to amplify one’s voice over the din of modern media, the artist must become a personality first in order to gain potential interest in the work. Unfortunately, it becomes easy for the latter to suffer in the shadow of the former in the race. Darling reminds me that there is still a strong argument to be made as an artist for placing one’s ambitions squarely on the body of one’s art.

5. This is to say that I have no idea whose parties she attends, under which influences, et cetera, but I damn sure know when it’s her voice there on the page.

6. The reader will find in Petrarchan Darling’s familiar signature use of spare narrative and spectral imagery driving a carefully plotted course of marginalia and footnotes. To be fair, it is doubtful that anyone who is unconvinced or maybe even still undecided about her work in general will be swayed by Petrarchan. However, those of us who are believers or even simply interested parties will take comfort in knowing that what is gold still shines.

7. Tangentially, I have been thinking a lot about appropriation and erasure lately. As a writer who uses both at times almost criminally, I think a lot about what constitutes successful employment. After all, as some will invariably argue, can’t anyone do it? The short answer, of course, is yes. But to make a piece of erasure or other appropriation both successful and original despite its sources, I believe what the author chooses not to use, and why, becomes equal in importance to what isused, and how. The author must rely on the source text to some degree, but the artistic voice of the finished piece should stand on its own. Darling’s work—and Petrarchan is no exception—is as fine an example as any to underline these values.

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Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2013 by Burt Kimmelman reviewed!

Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2013 by Burt Kimmelman reviewed!

 

Midwest Review Reviews Burt Kimmelman's new book, Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems 1982-2013! Hurray! We have posted the whole Micro-review here for you., But do visit the current issue of MidWest Review, it's really good. Hurray!  

Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2013
Burt Kimmelman
BlazeVOX Publishing
131 Euclid Ave., Kenmore NY 14217
9781609641344, $18.00, www.amazon.com

Rare, powerful, graceful, delicate, and luminescent are words used by critics to describe Kimmelman's poetry. He's earned such words of praise for decades by generously sharing what his eyes see and his mind imagines. Kimmelman doesn't simply tell readers about life. He allows us to experience the journey with him through the changing colors and textures of time.

In this book, I traveled well-worn ancient paths with the poet and marveled at everyday wonders. Through his words, the simple quiet of morning or patterns of light on water became pure visions in my mind. I visited exotic climes, experienced the poet's raw desires, tender sorrows, and small triumphs. Stunning metaphors surprised and delighted me. The old masters provided art that inspired poetry so vivid I could see the paintings through Kimmelman's words.

Whether you've been reading poetry all your life or just recently discovered that pleasure, Burt Kimmelman's work is highly recommended.

Laurel Johnson
Senior Reviewer

Book Information:

· Paperback: 252 pages


· Binding: Perfect-Bound


· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 


· ISBN: 978-1-60964-134-4

$18

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