Myths, Mementos, and Mummies: Reading Noel Sloboda’s “Our Rarer Monsters”

Noel Sloboda’s collection, Our Rarer Monsters (Sunnyoutside, 2013), gives voice to the monsters, misfits, outcasts, and bit players of literature in poems that are funny, insightful, and sometimes, a bit heartbreaking at the core. Our Rarer Monsters appeals to fans of fairy tales, mythology, Shakespeare, and of course, monsters. The book is a slim volumeContinue reading “Myths, Mementos, and Mummies: Reading Noel Sloboda’s “Our Rarer Monsters””

Elephant Trapped in a Swallow: John Gosslee’s “Blitzkrieg” and Chaucer’s Anagogical Poetics

Blitzkrieg, John Gosslee’s latest poetry collection, recently released by Rain Mountain Press, defined by the poet himself as “a surprise artistic assault by massed electronic, air, sea and ground forces under close coordination” is structured in an unusual way. After the epigram (“Father, deliver me / I am a pelican / that has swallowed aContinue reading “Elephant Trapped in a Swallow: John Gosslee’s “Blitzkrieg” and Chaucer’s Anagogical Poetics”