Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Now Available: O Gory Baby


O Gory Baby is a lingual carnival beaming over a surrealistic junkyard, satirizing all of late capitalism's earthly delights. The book has guts. And blood. It's laughing as it bleeds, and Brad Liening's speaker is, as phrased in his poem "Red Star": "a martyr broken into pieces//And reassembled into a man/Pumping gas on a pile of corpses."

Jessie Janeshek, author of Invisible Mink

I'm enthralled by the speed of this, and the sure-footedness. O Gory Baby emerging and emerging, like "the bodies are dragged on stage," in truth and ugly beauty, from "big primal decay." Joyously steeped in disaster and horror and punk rock staples, O Gory Baby stands on and eats at the shoulders of giants (Shakespeare, Max Jacob, etc). Where swollen moons and ordinary, leeching suns of politics, academics and rare hipster moments blur and flare through a commitment (of immersion and distance, I mean) that oscillates greatly but is always hallucinatory as it "finishes a void" and "contains chickenshit multitudes." It blooms from the "radioactive skull," turning and tic(k)ing "in the eternal laundromat."

Rauan Klassnik, author of The Moon's Jaw 

For all you still trying to figure out what a poet on a riding lawnmower is called, Brad Liening's O Gory Baby is your Alzheimer's. You wake up installing a standard killing that lasts a lifetime. In no time it's possible to reach food, medicine, and energy. Can you even move to the beat of your mowed-off arms? A masterpiece.

RC Miller, author of Mask With Sausage

When I read this book, I felt like someone shot me out of a bourbon cannon and I landed delicately on a bed of discarded bee stingers next to the ghost of Kurt Cobain, who immediately rolled over and spooned me. These poems are funny, piercing and raw works by an American literary secret weapon.

Amber Tamblyn, author of Dark Sparkler

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"William Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature of Failure." The books on his syllabus, which included texts ranging from Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, gestured toward an ethic of personal failure or insufficiency—a sense of one's faulty position within the baroque machinery of American productivity. ..."

-- The Literature of Obsolescence by Casey Michael Henry at Bookform

3 poems @ gobbet

Thanks to Gary J Shipley and RC Miller. Click here.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Recommended Reading: Far Away by Gregory Lawless

(Red Mountain Press, 2015)

Lawless's second collection is grave, offering a serious consideration of a mytho-poetic landscape and the uncaring forces that have shaped it.

The poems themselves tend toward spare, elegiac description, giving the book the flavor of postindustrial eclogue. Our speaker moves through a denuded landscape of ramshackle buildings and fields, caught between the memory of what these places used to be and the reality of what remains before him.

These poems are free of bombast and full of careful observations that chronicle the kind of down on its luck, slowly abandoned town and city that dots the American Midwest and Rustbelt. Evidence of the lives lived there survives in ruins and slowly mounting desperation.

This collection is adult and brave. Far Away is a sober necessity, an antidote to the flippant surrealism and reflexive self-satisfaction that currently pervades much of contemporary poetry.