Book Review for Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VIII Issue IV


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Flutter: southern gothic fever dream

Author: Kristin Garth

Publisher: Ingram Spark

Date of Publication: 2020

Pages: 104

"Porgy, Porgy pudding and pie
Kissed the girls and made them cry . . ."
- Children's Nursery Rhyme

"If you go out in the woods today . . ."
- The Teddy Bear's Picnic Music by John Walter Bratton/Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy

An eloquent New Age interpretation of steampunk in dark gothic mythos by Kristin Garth, illustrations by Mathew Yates, an offering from Generation "X". Kristin Garth is an Indie Poet who writes dark mystery Goth in Old World sonnet forms. She has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net and Rhysling Awards. Garth regularly appears on Twitter video reciting her original creation poetry, as an incredibly captivating muse. She is the Poetry Editor at Pink Plastic House, has written 14 books of poetry and edited 3 anthologies.

This horror Goth poetic work spins altered states, swims in and out of nightmare scapes as if reality suspended exists in the realm of dark magic and the spirit world. It lives inside Shakespeare, motorcycles and horses, as if a street parable, a superimposed street scene that brings elements of the post-modern "Lupracalia" society (fueling the war economy) into an historical surreal nightmare. As if in street archetypes, Etienne the boy lover of the mermaid Thora, who wishes him back but he can't or won't comply, the fellow mermaids, the girls in high school, the "blooming" the flower heads of deer, the other lovers of Etienne. A dark magical ride.

The idea of the resurrected Old World Society in cultural symbolism and violence of bedrites borrowing from "Satanic Ritual" becomes. The poems are sonnets with 14 lines and a rhyming couplet at the end akin in form and tone to Shakespearean sonnets. After each sonnet is a deconstructed prose piece that develops the storyline, often presenting historical or scientific facts that effectively weave the write. The poetry is quite brilliant with an Old World sensibility that captivates. This dark mystery write may borrow in theme from the tradition of the macabre Romanticism of Edgar Allan Poe in such writings as The Raven.

An original New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry magical casting, in dark fantasia, that leaves This Writer spellbound. Flutter: southern gothic fever dream by Kristin Garth.

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