Lisa A. Flowers-Blog-in-Realtime

"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 Elldge’s “H” for Entropy. Read the full piece here:

You Just Wouldn’t Believe What That Kangaroo Did to This Courtyard: Prizefighting Death in CA Conrad’s ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’

"With its obsession with fluids, food, physicality, Marsupial sometimes has the wild, unhinged glee of a three-year-old Jackson Pollocking their feces across the wall”: I review CA Conrad’s irreplaceable A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon for THEThe Poetry.

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.

Through a crass darkly, or “a long blonde time ago/in the gaping god awful”

I review Kim Vodicka’s kandy-kolored tangerine flake tour de force for Tarpaulin Sky:

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A menstrual-blood filled water balloon exploding in Roy Lichstenstein’s face

I review Kim Hyesoon’s All The Garbage of the World, Unite! for The Collagist (Thanks to Montevidayo for the subsequent shout-out)

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All of us girls have been dead for so long

I review Simone Muench’s brilliant Orange Crush:

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Funhouse Mirror As Lite-Up Makeup Mirror

I review Kate Durbin’s E! Entertainment for THEThe Poetry:

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A Gleeful Subverted Pop-Up Candyland

I review Kate Durbin’s lurid technicolor dreamboat The Ravenous Audience for Connotation Press:

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Don Giovanni through the holes of a blood doily

I review Lisa Marie Basile’s Andalucia for Prick of The Spindle:

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If I die during a crossword puzzle, I am allowed to finish

I review Jeff Hecker’s Rumble Seat for HTML Giant:

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The bell-like calm before an act of seppuku

I review Bobbi Lurie’s Grief Suite for The Collagist:
 
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