I will do such things, King Lear shouts before the storm, What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be / The terrors of the earth.Drawing upon Edmund Burkes definition of the sublimethe odd beauty associated with fear and self-preservation; our astonished delight in what destroys, what overpowers and compels us toward darknessthese strange poems mine the sinister fault lines between weird fiction, expressionism, gothic horror, and notions of the absurd, cracking the mundane shell of our given metaphysical order. In the traditions of Nerval, Trakl, Schulz, Tadi, Poe, and contemporaries Aase Berg and Jeff Vandermeer, the wonderful disassociation brought to bear on the reader lies in the conjuring of unprecedented worlds, their myths and logics, their visions and transformationsworlds that resist interpretation almost successfully, and reveal to us the uncanny and nightmarish....
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The Hatch Reviews
I got a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book because I wanted to try something different. I've read poetry before but this one I felt like some of the poems I just couldn't get into. I had a couple of favorite ones that I really enjoyed. Isaiah, The Colorado, Northwest Passage, and The Wake. As for the horror aspect, I didn't really find one that gave me the creeps or frightened me. Overall if your someone who can get lost in poetry this would b ...more
I said it before and I'm saying it again - poetry is a complex genre to review. But I saw this and it looked interesting - a collection of poems with horror undertone? Yes, please. However, upon receiving an ARC, I realized it wasn't for me - at all. Poetry is very subjective in it's nature but it rarely ever happens to me that I don't get it AT ALL. Reading The Hatch was like reading empty words - just random combinations of flowery phrases glued together to generate a decent sized chunk of tex ...more
Weird book, great stuff, you have to enjoy the strange to get it I think but I loved it.
Lovely, introspective poetry. Words that come to my mind to describe the poems are “moody, rich, and atmospheric.” There were poems that mused over life, family, and little moments. My favorites were the character study poems, such as Wayne or Lenora at the Window. Other poems that stood out were Kindergarten and The Organ Grinder. Good stuff.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.