Friday, January 15, 2010

Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg

I really like how this book uses the same subjects, and images throughout the book, and it feels like they are talking about the same specific hummingbirds or jaguars that keep appearing. It reminds me of when an artist will use the same image in different settings and combinations. The whole book works together.

It has a similar, surreal and whimsical style to The Man Suit, but there is less variety in Scary, No Scary. The book is still good, but it is hard to compete with The Man Suit, which is one of my favorites.

The section of the book called The Histories has linked poems where objects appear and then aren't really there. The objects are a table chair, chandelier, sheet, floor and ceiling. In each poem, some of the objects are there and others are there, they cycle so every object has a chance to be there and not be there. Although this section isn't my favorite, it is an interesting set of poems.

I was disappointed with the titles, most of them were just a repeat of the first stanza of the poem.

Schomburg has an index of subjects at the end of the book, just like in The Man Suit, and it is just as hilarious.

My favorite poems in this book:
Scary, No Scary
The Sawing In Half
The Black Hole (middle poem on the page)


At 10:22 AM, Blogger beth coyote said...

Thanks, Valerie. I'm looking for a this guy's book. Yes!!

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Valerie Loveland said...

Glad to spread the word!


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