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By Timothy Matias
Nov 24, 2010
I've only read the first 5 or so poems so far, but here are my thoughts: I like the quality of thought (I can taste the emotions!) and ironic descriptiveness. Also can appreciate that even though it's an anthology, it has a clear theme to it (the *dead* of winter, etc.)-- feel dead, see dead, should be dead, wanna be dead, too dead already to actually go through with it...that kind of thing. So basically it's about life "life as a zombie"; a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual zombie. Eternal etheric limbo. But more importantly, it emphasizes how the zombies do not create themselves, but are created by the heartless and soulless society we live in. They create us, and force us to continue living within such hellishly mundane conditions. Nothing feels real anymore. "you are a product of your environment"- that kind of thing.
"One of the very few original, living voices around" This book "Seasons Black & Red" is a collection of intense, sometimes lyrical poetry. The poems are not blog-shite or livejournal musings nor 1st draft scribbles, but true, real poetry earned by their author. Inspired and worthy of envy, the poems shows a mature poet bravely revealing intimate feelings & thoughts with deft skill and good economy. The lines are truly refined and infused with moxie, and when they rhyme they ring a well-tuned bell. There is a stage-musical element underpinning many of the poems. This reviewer has encouraged poet Narco for many years to write a one-man stage musical---or any kind of musical, but he has thus far refused to do so and has instead directed that musical element or quality to his poetry (and to the great delight of those who enjoy his poetry!). If your life has not been that of the troubled, tortured artist, and you're curious what such a life may look like... More > through the medium of poetry, then look no further than Seasons Black & Red. And I mean it, too. I'm not just writing this review because Mr Narco wrote a review for The Vomit Factory. This book deserves to be redd and Mr Narco deserves to be acknowledged for being the truly gifted artist that he is---and deserves these things WHILE he is still mortal. ALEXANDER T. NEWPORT< Less