this book of avant garde sound / language / deconstructionist poetry is written in spanish, english, and yiddish with an extra section in japanese and highlights in ukranian. it is a magical, musical... More > descent from nonsense to gibberish that will change the way you look at poetry and language itself. very fun, very puzzling, this book is different every time you read it. an absolute must for lovers and students of language.< Less
in the modernist tradition of john cage, soul o is an avant-garde masterpiece of american deconstructionist poetry translated into arabic to become the first arabic language be bop poem/chant. ... More > delving to the heart of the modernist tradition, soul o transcends logic-based language for the unfettered experience of word-based sound/linguistic music, revisiting the dada movement of the early twentieth century. this is a beautiful, moving, exciting, liberating text.< Less
Through the resonant images of keys, this small book of avant garde verse and prose poetry illuminates the family history and interpersonal relationships of the poet, achieving self-awareness for... More > the writer and reader, and releasing the obstacles to creativity. Or, to put the key in the lock, it is a delightful story of growing up and learning who you are.
Non-linear and non-narrative in format, this chapbook, like the cycle of life itself, is a puzzle whose picture gets clearer as the pages turn... and you will find yourself in different places every time you read it. You will find yourself different every time you read it.
And, as always, it is a love story; it is the story of the long, slow process of unlocking love for yourself and others.
You will never look at a key the same way again.< Less
This chapbook of minimalist poetry shines a spotlight on the reality of modern interpersonal communication. A delicacy and subtlety unknown to Richard Brautigan permeates this work; a clean... More > starkness visited only by Mishima; a clarity possessed only by the great haiku poets ~ this is conversations.
The first review: In his latest literary effort, conversations, Roy Anthony Shabla becomes the proverbial "fly on the wall". From this vantage point, he observes and light-heartedly describes the awkward social interactions inherent in the potential and ongoing relationships of others as well as his own. His inimitable poetic banter is both entertaining and biting and can even be, at times, poignant. A highly readable chapbook, conversations is a welcome addition to Shabla's growing ouvre.< Less