K.I. Press explores the very human desire for intimacy in her riveting poetry collection Exquisite Monsters. Unlike other poets who might have chosen to use flowery language as they explore the depths of the human psyche, Press’s writing seems jarring at first. She juxtaposes topics such as motherhood and mourning with bizarre imagery and metaphors. From quirky pop culture facts to biomechanical androids, Press is fearlessly and unashamedly weird. However, if you stick with her bizarre collection, you’ll soon discover how she combines such disjointed topics into one whole. With vicious wit and a deft hand, Press takes her readers on a dark journey through our desire for intimacy.
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Fanny Howe’s latest poetry collection Second Childhood muses about the mundane world, including everything from chance meetings to the joys and sorrows of being a parent. Unlike other poetry collections, Howe’s poems have an impersonal narrator who muses on both the mundane and spiritual aspects of the world we live in. From chance encounters to pondering life’s mysteries, her work is a loving homage to the wonder of the world around us.
However, there’s a melancholy air as Howe yearns for the innocence of childhood as she delves deep into the rollercoaster ride that is raising a child of her own. She also mourns the loss of the active imagination that one has as a kid, because once you hit adulthood, it’s basically stamped out.
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