We Bury the Landscape news
This weekend, if you buy my book from Queen's Ferry Press, you will get a free ebook copy. Here are all the fine places where you can purchase my book, but please consider buying it directly from the publisher. I posted all the reviews for We Bury the Landscape here. There’s also a recent review and a giveaway of one copy of the book at Unabridged Chick.
Lake Effect reading
Robert Vaughan did an excellent reading of his story "The Upswing of Falling" and my story "Revenge of the Goldfish" (first published in The Brooklyner and included in my book We Bury the Landscape) for WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect segment hosted by Stephanie Lecci and Robert Vaughan. Carol Wobig also read her work.
More Publication News
As a final note, I leave you with a short block of powerful prose. This is an excerpt from Brendan Connell’s The Translation of Father Torturo. This is why the written word will never lose its allure.
As a child he had been brutal, a kicker of cats, a resolute swatter of flies -- one who delighted in passing gas against lighted candles. As a young man, under the auspices of the church, he had grown hard, educated and inverted. He had studied the lives of the Saints, from those of universal fame down to others, who had as little reknown as pismires. He savoured their histories, their sufferings, lapping them up as a poisoned man would drafts of emetic. He strove to lighten the darkness within him, and for every match he struck, a gust of cold, midnight wind responded, leaving him strolling sightless through bleak, empty space. As a man he was deliberate and blunt, a devotee of the Crucifixion.
This is post #8. Every day for the entire duration of the National Poetry Month, I will try to post short write-ups about poetry books that I like.
Here is Kurt Newton's The Ultimate PerVERSEities. This is my genre fare.
The Ultimate PerVERSEities
Publisher: Naked Snake Press
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Kurt Newton's The Ultimate perVERSEities is a collection of short poems intended to tax our inhibitions and biases over which themes are supposed to be left unwritten and unsaid. The book lives up to its title. Ranging from toilet humor to overt body horror, the poems require a strong stomach. Tabloid eye-candy titles like "circus trainwreck massacre" and "slaughterhouse girls" (who were naturally "born the daughters of butcher men") hint on Newton's twisted black humor. There's a piece entitled "mad cow patty" which showcases Newton's playful and original reference to "cactus burgers" -- the thought of which is ridiculously perverse.
From the evocative and unsettling "The Birdcatcher"
You don't know why the creature has
let you live while killing all the rest,
but it has made a bed of bones and
matted feathers. Now and then it
drops wet meat into your open mouth.
From my favorite piece, "Letterhead"
The letters she sends are special, bound with
skin, a chip embedded in the folds, the latest
in bio-sensory pleasure-grams. Each word a
Another notable piece is the highly disturbing "the balloon clown."
Torture porn in "to the dogs"
...ignore the smell
it is just our skins
crumpled loose about our ankles...
Blasphemy, atrocity, and bestiality abound. Populated with freaks and brooding outcasts, the undead and the soon-to-be dead, The Ultimate PerVERSEities gives so much in terms of imaginatively rehashing genre elements . Donna Taylor Burgess of Naked Snake Press is to be commended for taking a leap in publishing this tome.
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape