There are typically two things I like to do after reading a book of poetry for the first time, especially when it’s for a review. First, I come up with a first-impression word cloud – it may be only one word or a few, but it’s meant to sum up the general feeling I have towards a book on initial reading. This time around, for Christopher Morgan’s first chapbook from Sad Spell Press, Shadow Songs, the word was “visceral.”
Which brings me to the second thing: I like to hunt around for information on the author, to get a sense of any of their previous work or just their personality/online presence. This inevitably leads me to their social media accounts or blogs, which can be a neat little window into their lives that inform any second or third readings of their books.
One thing that struck me about…
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