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Book Title: Bloggerel|
The author of the book: John Burroughs
Edition: Crisis Chronicles
Date of issue: July 7th 2008
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Format files: PDF
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In this first published chapbook by this author we are given a glimpse of the history behind what inspires this poets early works. I think they are the foundation and ground work on which his future poems rest.
The back cover spells it out in detail - eleven years served for a crime he did not commit. A life stolen and fractured by a fateful event. The poems - a number written while in prison- have a cleansing redemptive quality about them. They are written with strong images that deal with religion, personal struggle, and searching.
I feel the anger, disappointment, frustration, and cynicism in these poems. Towards systems that were set up to save us- that somehow, in the end, have particularly failed him. And though the poems are personal they carry a universal appeal because in any of our lives there are times when these systems can fail each and everyone of us. When we have to pick ourselves up and make the most of what life decides to offer us in exchange.
There is a distinct searching quality to the poems, I think. A search for hope or meaning, perhaps, maybe even redemption. I see both an embracing of spirituality and a rejection of it. I also saw a lot of internal struggle thrown out on the pages... a young man trying to find some meaning to spirituality when life has failed him. To me there is a portrayal of a clear loss of trust. Where do we go inside ourselves when we feel abandoned? Where do we begin to look for renewed meaning? These are the place these poems took me.
A cursory first read will give the feeling that there is not much to hang onto in these poems... but there is really much more here than first meets the eye. It takes one complete read thru to just get your bearings as to what this poet is about and where he is going with these poems. It is in the second and third readings that one begins to see how these poems fit together, the picture they paint and the story they try to tell. If you look closely, John Burroughs uses images and plays on words and their meaning to get his points across.
This first offering from John Burroughs is a thoughtful, strong collection. One on which his further work all hinges. Highly recommended if you wish to read more of and understand the vision of the world this author offers.
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Read information about the authorJohn Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis, is a nationally touring poet and performer, born in West Virginia, raised in Elyria, Ohio, and currently residing in Greater Cleveland. He co-founded (with Dianne Borsenik) the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. John is the author of Loss and Foundering [NightBallet Press, 2018], The Eater of the Absurd [NightBallet Press, 2012], the collaborative book Oct Tongue -1 (with Mary Weems, John Swain, Steven Smith, Lady, Shelley Chernin and Steve Brightman) [2014, Crisis Chronicles Press. and nearly a dozen chapbooks including Beat Attitude [NightBallet, 2015], It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [The Poet's Haven, 2013], Water Works [Recycled Karma Press, 2012], Electric Company [Writing Knights Press, 2011] and, with Doug Manson and Bree, Identity Crises [Green Panda Press, 2009]. John has also published Cheap and Easy Magazine, Songs in the Key of Cleveland: An Anthology of the 2013 Best Cleveland Poem Competition, #ThisISCLE: An Anthology of the 2014 Best Cleveland Poem Competition, and the anti-censorship anthology Fuck Poetry.
John won his first poetry contest as a high school student in 1983. For around a decade at the turn of the millennium, John served as a full-time playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Marion Correctional Institution. In 2007, his blog was ranked number 1 in several categories on MySpace when he abandoned it to create his own website. Subsequently, John won the first poetry slam he ever competed in; created PoetryElyria; formed Poets of Lorain County; has contributed irregularly to the Cleveland Poetics and Ohio Poetry Association blogs; served as the OPA's webmaster; has performed at bars, festivals, theaters, bookstores, libraries and galleries across the Midwest; and is perhaps most proud of his work (since 2008) as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press.
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