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.
The Drone Outside
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape