A Milk and Honey Siren Review by Rick Lupert, Poetry Super Highway
Generally speaking I like my monkeys to be visible. I want to see their fur, the expectations of bananas in their eyes, the delightful surprise when one discovers a monkey (probably in filmed entertainment) wearing people clothes (likely polka-dot underwear.) It’s the tangible and infrequent appearance of monkeys in every day life which remind us of all sorts of things such as 1) We are not monkeys and 2) My God those monkeys are acting like people and 3) Isn’t it so cute that they’re wearing those people clothes. But often poetry is discovered in what is not visible or in what is less visible. Take Kyle Hemming’s Invisible Monkey series as it appears in Milk and Honey Siren, the new anthology of poetry from Nostrovia! Poetry managed by Jeremiah Walton who is rumored to not live in the United Kingdom.
Hemming’s Invisible Monkey series right away confronts you with the line You meet a girl who claims she was once a victim of too many flying cars. So there you were all expecting monkeys to only be visible and your suddenly forced into a world where flying cars are assaulting people. It’s shocking! I mean weren’t flying cars supposed to be our glorious inheritance? Aren’t we all still waiting for the day of the flying car? And now, before anyone has the chance to fly one off to the market, we already have to worry that one, or perhaps a gang of them, is going to come along and victimize us. This is the stuff of poetry; lifting us out of our doldrum everyday to a whole new world…this is the power of words.
Milk and Honey Siren continually jars you into its world with these kind of nuggets. How about Benjamin Saphiro’s reality check that Even promises MADE IN CHINA, / Break, / After a little while. Holy God that’s nothing if not true! Or Jnana Hodson’s confirmation Bloomberg confirms how I was once a Manhattanite… We need Bloomberg to confirm this? OF COURSE WE DO! We live in the world of this book now, the multitudes of the laws of physics and logic in our houses and streets, in our bathrooms and closets no longer apply. Again the Milk and Honey brings us to its world.
You might not like all of this book. The whole thing might not blow hell fire into [your] pajamas. But then again you probably don’t like everyone who lives on your street, or in your building…but if you’re not planning on moving you’re probably pretty content with the whole situation. It’s the same thing with Milk and Honey Siren. There is a lot to enjoy here. The already mentioned alternate realities, the themed sections, the occasional mention of masturbation should please the onlookers. It’s a solid and diverse collection. Some of it’s as heavy as poetry can be. Some of it light but intriguing conversation…but certainly a lot of something for a lot of everyone. Keep an eye on the Nostrovia! Poetry energy…keep your foot in this book.
March 6, 2013
Rick manages the Poetry Super Highway, a poetic community that hosts contests, links, the “great poetry exchange”, poets of the week, and more. You can read his poetry at his personal site, which contains a number of free ebooks. My favorite is Economy Candy.