You Just Wouldn't Believe What That Kangaroo Did to This Courtyard: Prizefighting Death in CA Conrad's "A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon"

True to the reverence, often expressed in his work, for nearly everything as sentient life, Conrad kills nothing, and all the pretty chickens and their dam run free and pecking at our ankles through the streets of his poems like a brood of unruly children whose parents believe—with Monty Python’s stern Jehovah—that every sperm is sacred.

Interview in Luna Luna Magazine

JH: Congratulations on your first book diatomhero: religious poems. I treasure how this poetry holds every religion responsible for being authentic and explores exactly what kind of turmoil/freedom of movement (of creed, language, time, space) arises in such a busy atmosphere. I’m thinking specifically of Christianity’s notion of finite resting places (blazing hot or room-temperature) teamed with Buddhist/Hindu reincarnation notions and Greek polytheistic elements.

Corsets and Formal Wear Defaulting to Corsets and Burial Wear: Simone Muench's 'Orange Crush'

Take the landscape evoked in Randy Newman’s In Germany Before the War, the strangling scene in Strangers on a Train, a seaside scattering of rinds and corsages, and corsets and formal wear defaulting to corsets and burial wear and you come close to approaching the general soul of Simone Muench’s Orange Crush, a book where 17th century English prostitutes, murder ballads, and early Springsteenish characters fall into slasher films like cherry blossoms shaken from a vengeful o'erhanging firmament.
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The Impossibility of Evidence in the Present Tense: 'E! Entertainment'

“We are modeled from trash”, says protagonist Ruth in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.  This quote could have worked brilliantly as an epigraph for Kate Durbin’s E Entertainment, which has been called “the first book in history to be blurbed by both [The Hills’] Heidi Montag and [New York Magazine senior art critic] Jerry Saltz”. A fully realized version of its predecessor, E is  a” transcription” of shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Mob Wives. 
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