Monday, January 30, 2012

Guide to the Weekend

It's only Monday, but it's never too early to start thinking about the weekend, especially with the next installment of The Big Big Mess Reading Series coming Akron's way. To hoot our own horns, BOR 5 contributor Adam Clay will be reading poetry. Also featured will be poetry from Michael Dumanis, Krysia Orlowski, and John Estes, and prose from Alissa Nutting. Come out for another night of drinks, words, and prizes.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Barn Owl Review in Brief: Matt Hart's Light-Headed

Friend of BOR and poetry Senior Hardcore Analyst Matt Hart has a book called Light-Headed. Coincidentally, I ordered this book and received it just days before the book made the list for Coldfront's Top 30 Poetry Books of 2011. The book is composed of mega-sonnets (with goodness between). The kind that can run ultra-marathons while memorizing all the most explosive words in the dictionary.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is how well Hart builds from the accumulation of recurring images. As he masterfully cycles back through images and phrases, each recurrence feels like it's new again, like I didn't just hear the word/phrase a few pages ago, but rather that I have known that phrase on my own for quite some time and am now seeing it new in a poem. It's that thing that poetry does, giving you something you think you know but never really knew, except that Hart makes that experience happen right here and now instead of it being a transference that comes from outside the context of the book. Delicious salad of (mis)understanding.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Full Monty

Ladies and gentlemen, we are now at the printer. Long live Barn Owl Review 5!