Stephanie M. Wytovich
Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014. $12.95
Stephanie Wytovich is quickly becoming a favorite in dark poetry, and for good reason. This is a strong collection and even at 118 pages has not much wasted space. These aren’t trunk poems.
She creates a different world and mood within each piece and her ideas are touching, beautiful, and darkly romantic. Thematically, her verses and prose poems deal with death, but also with the macabre coping mechanisms of her twisted but relatable characters.
Many moments are pure eroticism, such as in “Succubus”:
Her heart kisses his soul goodbye,
but not before it bathes in the waters of lust. She licks at his lips,
tonguing at the growing desire brooding in an
unconscious mind as he gives himself
over to her—an unwilling participant in
love’s final soliloquy.
Wytovich knows how to empty her soul onto the page. She taps into the feelings and thoughts that we harbor secretly, shamefully, delightfully, and tenderly.
This is the best poetry collection I’ve read this year.