Book Review for [RE] COLLECTION OF THE [UN] LIKELY:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue X



[RE] COLLECTION OF THE [UN] LIKELY



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: [RE] COLLECTION OF THE [UN] LIKELY

Author: Dani Ferrara and Gabrielle Lessans

Publisher: Trainwreck Press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 32


“Losing my religion”
- from Losing My Religion by R.E.M.


An original progression of The New Goth with elements of horror and classical images caught inside absurdist theatre, [RE] COLLECTION OF THE [UN] LIKELY by Dani Ferrara, Gabrielle Lessans and Trainwreck Press. The chapbook is in classical form, strikes a vellum chord with a cream cover (the art/photo of a girl portrait in sepia by Enrique Meseguer) and the crisp elegance of white pages with black type. Ferrara and Lessans are poets and teachers. They have founded the Nocturne School of Lucid Writing and teach poetry workshops/ “memory care poetics” to college students and seniors.

This Chapbook recreates the experience of poetry in an exciting original avante garde New Art form. Each page of poetry is titled with “THEOREM:” and a subtitle, an enigmatic introduction to the poem of that page, an in context, out of context reel. The oeuvre is a certain sang-froid, a spiraling of darkness. A very dissociated presentation, a presentation of broken, broken psyche, perhaps broken love affair(s) that haunt. The idea of space and dislocation, the language is truncated, nonsensical with made up words, spaces between letters, the number “0” and words that suggests a certain violence, a fire. The writing is often incomprehensible, drifts and bangs, often as if the voice of the work is drowning, in parts as if a death rattle. The images are of nature, borrowing from a very broken romanticism, a word, “conch”, “beanpod” no description, coached in a backdrop of melee.

From “THEOREM: The Dream Is A Meeting Place”

        she measures her body to a cross

                  piece obsessed
                     by mauve

                                     by
                                      sill

                     sill
                       sallow
                                     dusky
             waters

                                    the silence
                            off encounter

The words, sometimes split words, letters travel across the page like a pictograph, giving spaces, giving breath giving breath stopped short. Often it is nonsensical, the write suggests conflict.

What moves the work into the stratosphere, is that it can be read in different ways, going down and/or across, read and rereading in parts, as if building up into a climax of chanting at the end of the work. Reading quickly through the last poems, the “0”, the “od,” the “g od,” the voice reads and rereads in different ways as if intoning a Black Mass, in some rhythmic art presentation of ritualistic violence. Perhaps with influences of the DaDa movement from W.W.I, the artists so moved by the insanity of the war rejected reason and the Modernist school to focus on irrationality and the nonsensical.

A fantastique experimental event as the Think Machine meets The New Age in crash, [RE] COLLECTION OF THE [UN] LIKELY by Dani Ferrara and Gabrielle Lessans.

Available @ Trainwreck Press.





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