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Long Blue Boomerang Preview

I asked Michael Frissore, author of the next Heavy Hands Ink chapbook, to write up a little preview of his chapbook. I think he summed it up perfectly. Here is what he had to say:

“Long Blue Boomerang is not so much a poetry chapbook as it is a chapbook of chaos, chaotic poems that are beautiful, foul and nonsensical. It’s a chapbook of comparisons and contrasts: poems about Barack Obama and former wrestler Barry Orton; love poems to my wife and son, as well as ones about my unhealthy, twenty-year, stalker-like obsession with Juliana Hatfield; there are two poems based entirely on jokes: one from Bill Hicks, another from Otto and George; and there are poems that are parodies of poems I’ve read recently. Then, of course, as every poetry book should have, there are haikus that are odes to Anton Chekhov, Danny Ainge, and old lady hoarders.

In the end it’s also a tribute to the dead. My first chapbook was called Poetry is Dead. This one contains pseudo-odes to dead poets like Plath and Crane; dead wrestlers Owen Hart and Jorge Gonzalez; and the likes of Charles Whitman, Christine Chubbuck, and G.G. Allin. If there’s a theme, it’s love and death: love of my family, of wrestling, of comedy, Hicks, Otto, The Young Ones, which is where the title comes from; and the deaths of all the people I mentioned above and more. So, love, death, and pop culture madness. And Hicks actually encompasses all of these themes. I should have called this The Flying Saucer Chapbook.”

This is really a wonderful collection, and it is currently slated for a May 7 release. Stay tuned for more details!

-Heavy Hands Ink editor,
Maxwell Baumbach

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