Book Review for Limping to the Big Bad:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VI Issue X

Limping to the Big Bad, spin, spin, spin

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Limping to the Big Bad

Author: Beth Ayer

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2018

Pages: 24

"She owns a window to the ocean
She has a pipeline to the sky"
- from Hula Girl at Heart by Jimmy Buffett

Limping to the Big Bad by Beth Ayer is an adventure in surrealism, plays with the light, spins reality into fantastical spaces in the New Age Renaissance Republic of Poetry. Beth Ayer (Poet, poetry editor) lives and works in Easthampton, U.S. She has had poetry published in various literary zines, including Sixth Finch, Ocean State Review, Jubilat, Divine Poetry and Apartment Poetry.

This poetry is "the ordinary" in everyday life expounded. Pushing the wonder cue with creative wordplay, weaving in and out of reality almost as if creating reality metaphors. There is a certain element of the nonsensical, as if based in DaDa, a series of broken thoughts. In the spin of deconstruction the thoughts are joined, the weave creates a subtle reconstruction that gives a soft feel to perhaps rough terrain. The poetry begins in reality and with a subtle feminine spin begins to wing into exotic realms, out of time, out of mind, surreal and with shots of fantastical humour.

"The Cyclical Nature of Things

You should always keep sandpipers
in your back pocket. Pocket: the place
for your soul when you're pressed
to find a window that isn't sealed
with metaphor sealant, more industrial
than crazy glue because in fact
the fenestration is purely decorative.
Follow the tide in and out, then name me
after a tree that no one has seen
so I can feel special waiting in line
at the department of motor vehicles . . ."

Somewhere in a laundry late on a Saturday night watching the clothes go round, gaslighting under street lights, spins. "O' poetry of the beauteous rag" Limping to the Big Bad by Beth Ayer and above/ground press.

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