Laura Sims is a startlingly original poet whose work goes very deep, like a well made of animal and human bones mortared together with rubber tires, dismembered books, dismembered dolls, and a lot of other unlikely stuff that draws water from thousands of feet under the surface of the earth Peter Straub I don t know the exact method or intent behind the poems of Laura S Laura Sims is a startlingly original poet whose work goes very deep, like a well made of animal and human bones mortared together with rubber tires, dismembered books, dismembered dolls, and a lot of other unlikely stuff that draws water from thousands of feet under the surface of the earth Peter Straub I don t know the exact method or intent behind the poems of Laura Sims s My god is this a man, but I know how they feel harrowing, probing, troubling, surprising, and often gorgeous It s as if Stein and Dickinson had been invited to converse about the effects of serial murder on body, soul, and mind a strange wonder The phenomenological and moral turbulence of these poems is matched by their sonic and structural grace, making Sims s book a profound offering to ongoing, important conversations about the nexus of aesthetics, violence, representation, and empathy Maggie Nelson In this minimalist account of the language of killers, Laura Sims creates disturbingly powerful chords of empathy Reading, we discover ourselves inside the one who begs, For heaven s sake catch me before I kill Like a photographic negative the book shows only the barest lines of its subjects, but in so doing reveals , and hauntingly, than full exposure ever can We don t want to turn the page, and we do Looking away is not an option, because we are seduced Julie CarrLaura Sims s third poetry collection engages the escarpment of t
My god is this a man Laura Sims is a startlingly original poet whose work goes very deep like a well made of animal and human bones mortared together with rubber tires dismembered books dismembered dolls and a lot of
I received a copy from the giveaway and was excited to read it murder poetry what s not to like I ended up reading this twice and getting out of it the second time around I think another read through would result in even At first glance it doesn t look like there s much there, as there are few lines and the pages seem nearly blank Some of the words are framed in a black box or in a completely filled box, some hang in the middle of the page like the most alone words i I received a copy from the g [...]
I keep thinking about this book It made my heart clench Sims is a phenomenal poet.
I picked this up at a small bookstore in BrooklynI flipped to a page and read His face shown at dusk so odd yet so pleasing When he caught me his fevered embrace I bought it immediately Was excited to see this was inspired by quotes from serial killers As a true crime fan and muderino check out the My Favorite Murder podcast this collection of poems excited me I recommend
I have happily received a copy of Laura Sims My God Is This A Man through , and was very pleased to read and review it Reading through it first struck me as interesting that one should choose such a subject for a piece of poetry It seems at once, at least to me, that a grave and troubling subject such as serial killers would be naturally shunned and a difficult undertaking Regardless, I believe that Laura Sims has achieved something in her poetry unique, experimental, and insightf I have happily [...]
Wow A powerful little book that gives you a quick glance into the dark minds of some mean men and women in our world I think you could read this book over and over and set your imagination on fire.
I didn t understand this book the first time, I read it again it s very short , it really is amazing the way Sims uses turning the page like breaking the line or stanza in a poem The effect on the reader is greater though My God Is This A Man is a small work of genius pulling from confessions of many twisted, convicted men Sims explores the body and what it means to a woman, and a man The body is a field she writes, and the field, a body.
Extremely impressive I am still trying to come up with better words to use in a review, to be honest This book has left me speechless Amazing.