New Review – Ctasy, of Shapes Off Shore by John Paetsch

Cover of Ctasy by John Paetsch

John Paetsch’s experimental poetry collection, Ctasy, of shapes off shore, (Hiding Press, 2020) reminded me a lot of the Museum of Jurassic Technology on Venice Blvd in Los Angeles. By blending antiquated scientific language and concepts with optical and personal imagery, the poet, like the quirky museum, challenges the ways we make meaning. The book is beautifully made and formatted. There’s even a confusing map to help you get started on your journey off shore. You can read my review here at Full Stop.

Get a copy of Ctasy, from Hiding Press.

As a final aside, I really liked the simple yet subtly creative job Hiding Press did printing this collection. Great form for the content.

Book Review – Losing Miami, poems by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

Losing Miami: Poems by Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of all the books I read and reviewed this year, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué collection of poems, Losing Miami, was my favorite. Like many people, I primarily encounter climate change in numbers – numbers of degrees average temps have increase, number of species lost, number of fires, number of hurricanes, and so on. In Losing Miami, Ojeda-Sagué reminds us of the cultural losses we will soon face. He reminds us that geography is an element of culture and when we lose places, we lose ways of being. Things that can’t be expressed in numbers; things best expressed through poetry.

My review of the collection is on Terrain.org. You can read it here.

Get a copy of Losing Miami from The 5 Accomplices.

Book Review – Operating Systems by Joe Pan

My review for Joe Pan’s poetry collection, Operating Systems (Spork Press, 2019) is up at Heavy Feather Review. I mostly focus on Pan’s long poem that ends the collection, “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” which is awesome.

Read the review from Heavy Feather – https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2019/07/09/pan/

You can purchase Operating Systems from Spork right here – http://shop.sporkpress.com/product/joe-pan-operating-systems/