"Swapping Dirty Stories With The Unseen": Henry Darger & Jim Elledge’s "H"

"The girls’ eyes are often blacked out in pencil, which may reflect the other, dead side of the war they’re alive in, the dimension that is the reel of life still running on in a void the life has been extinguished from, or ripped out of…’an allegory whose other side is blankness,’ as the poet TR Hummer wrote in his collection Walt Whitman in Hell.”

I review Jim Elledge’s “H” for Entropy. Read the full piece here:

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"diatomhero" reviewed at Tarpaulin Sky

"Gods and myths and works of art. And through it all, a slack jawed, salivating artful rearrangement of half-conscious social and mythological tropes, reflecting characters like Houdini, or Pinocchio, or Rorschach, in ancient Greece, or Los Angeles, or Egypt, offset by the smell of sex on johnnycakes."

Thanks to Zack Kopp and Tarpaulin Sky Press for this wonderful review of my book, diatomhero.

Read the full piece here.

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Bluebells Don’t Grow in the Holy Land: “diatomhero” interview in THEThe Poetry

"Readers must navigate the balance between the playful and the scarier. Everything remains in the ball room but it’s simply misplaced, like hearing your favorite childhood song performed by a band of Gorgons on a harp strung with your mother’s funeral hair-do"

Thanks to Jeff Hecker for these brilliant questions and THEThe Poetry for being the cat’s meow/ the top of the heap, in general.

Read the full interview here.

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"diatomhero" and "Digressions on God" join forces in dual reviews

The poet Emily Vogel wrote a great review of diatomhero for “Ragazine”:

"[The poems] hinge on the perspective of someone that is already dead (in the Dickensian tradition: ‘I heard a fly buzz when I died’; ‘because I could not stop for death’)—so that we are made to imagine what it might be like to be dead, and have the capacity to somehow to then write a story about it, complete with purgatorial and resurrection experiences."

In turn, I reviewed her book, the beautiful Digressions on God. Both pieces can be read here.

Meanwhile, over at TheThe Poetry, the always insightful and eloquent Micah Towery also reviewed both texts:

"What is the relationship between trauma and time, between trauma and eternity? If trauma can stretch across eternity, then it is a fundamental aspect of the self. It seems to me that this is the question Flowers’ writing attempts to answer; it is this conflict that she aspires to resolve."

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"diatomhero" reviewed at The Driftless Area Review

“‘There are roach motels/Set out around almost every portal to heaven.’ So begin’s Emere’s Tobacconist, the tour de force long poem that opens diatomhero: religious poems, by Lisa A. Flowers. Informed by death and life, Emere’s Tobacconist is an alchemical brew of the historical, the mythic, high-brow, low-brow, the demonic, and the hallucinatory… a strange afterworld journey that plays like a riff on a David Lynch film.”

Thanks to Karl Wolff and The Driftless Area Review for this great and insightful review of my book. 

Read the full piece here.