POETRY REVIEW: Hungry Constellations by Mike Allen

Having enjoyed Mike Allen’s fiction, I was curious to sample his poetry as well. Allen’s fiction ideas are very weird, and his poetry is weirder still. Wonderfully weird. Classical themes...

Hungry Constellations

Mike Allen

Mythic Delirium BooksHungry Constellations by Mike Allen, 2014. $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-9889124-2-7

 

Having enjoyed Mike Allen’s fiction, I was curious to sample his poetry as well. Allen’s fiction ideas are very weird, and his poetry is weirder still. Wonderfully weird.

Classical themes collide with modern stylistic license in verses that defy the rules yet satisfy a natural rhythm and timeless beauty. Many of the entries are prose poems, but none seem too wordy or out of place in this book.

Most interestingly, Allen uses varied structural techniques to fit the mood and invoke sensibilities from other forms of art: colors and painting terms, musical structures, even playing with the alignment and position on the page illustrating the underlying concept. Some of these pieces read like hymnals, some like ancient spells.

Allen is an artist and words are his clay, his ink, his notes, his instruments. He best describes this himself in “Retracing the Moon”:

I cup the moon in my hands,
lift it from its hook and balance
its weight in wheel and lathe.
I prepare to press fingers in
its silver skin, but think again.
Who am I to cook the clay of dreams?

 

Hungry Constellations is an excellent collection. It is rare to find genre poetry so artfully rendered. It is full of stars.

 

 

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Sunni K Brock writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited the Rondo award winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet reptiles, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.
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  • DESCENT INTO LIGHT: Mike Allen’s Home Page » Blog Archive » NAMELESS DIGEST reviews UNSEAMING, HUNGRY CONSTELLATIONS
    13 January 2015 at 7:25 am
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    […] About Hungry Constellations: Allen’s fiction ideas are very weird, and his poetry is weirder still. Wonderfully weird. … Allen is an artist and words are his clay, his ink, his notes, his instruments … An excellent collection. It is rare to find genre poetry so artfully rendered. It is full of stars. […]

  • DESCENT INTO LIGHT: Mike Allen’s Home Page » Blog Archive » NAMELESS DIGEST reviews HUNGRY CONSTELLATIONS
    12 December 2014 at 6:03 am
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    […] reviews one occasionally hears rumors of, spotted in the wild: Nameless Digest has published a very flattering review (by contributing editor Sunni Brock) of my new poetry collection Hungry Constellations: […]

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