Book Review: Ten Poems about East Asia & Kitsch Nebula Ampersands And by Ralph-Michael Chiaiacategories: Books, Literature & Fiction, poetry
Author: Ralph-Michael Chiaia
Publisher: Coatlism Press
Eye CandyThis book is like eye candy in a supermarket with bright lights showing the proverbial stereotypes in contrast to the enlightenment of a poet. The poet breaks through the cliché, the expected to show behind the facade. I have been reading modern poetry for some time now and we have progressed from an industrialized workforce voice, one of pride and innocence to a dropped out voice of rebellion and questioning authority. Now we stand at the precipice of a globalized age - when a man or a woman can hop from city to city and let different cultures run over him like warm water or a bus, whatever the case may be. There are holes in our understanding of what goes on in this universe. "Ten Poems & Ampersands" brings us closer to others, other cultures, other people, other ways of speaking.
"So the aparts - the separates, distincts, others, not here but/over theres—mingle without any of that resentment, envy and cowardice". Like the poet says, understanding softens the sirens of war and makes us feel sad together, feel happy together in an intrinsic survival instinct. Life is tough all over the world. As the mushroom says to the person: "Give me your Central Nervous System? Not anymore. I'm all work out." The author expresses our feelings on the current state of the world in broad strokes and minutiae. There may be "three men drinking tea with both hands ... or [people] in lines with feet shackled in a jail somewhere". This is Chiaia's vision. This is a vision I want you to share.
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