Book Review for disrobing iris:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VIII Issue I

disrobing iris: EPILOGUE

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: disrobing iris

Author: Mary Kasimor

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2019

Pages: 32

"Everything is broken."
- from Everything is Broken by Bob Dylan

disrobing iris by Mary Kasimor is an original avante garde Imagist influenced New Age Renaissance Republique of Poetry. Mary Kasimor (Poet) born and raised in Minnesota. She has been writing poetry for years and calls her work experimental. She received a Fellowship from U.S. Poets in Mexico (2010) and is widely published in journals, with numerous collections of poetry including The Prometheus Collage (Locofo Press, 2017) and Nature Store (Dancing Girl Press, 2017).

Kasimor paints disturbing fantastical pictures with words, the use of colors, nature images inside violent distaff moving. The words move the image that is then bluntly cut into a new thought/image, as if a series of ended beginnings. A very broken portrayal, a very intimate portrayal, a truthtelling. This Writer notes the staccato line delivery, influenced by the Beat Poets and the sophistication of the woven images playing into a progression in post-modernism. A very considered offering.

"from dropped stitches

she knew all the stitches
to close her mouth
stitches to end her life
she sewed the stitches
and gave them
numbers to get out
the stitches blurred
the lines inside herself . . ."

This poetry lives in some place après, after the apocalypse, perhaps after the meeting of heart and soul, after . . . disrobing iris, the flower without clothes. It is a fantastical study in broken. Perhaps playing into the hidden violence, the underground war of love lives N.A., the series of poems driven by great sorrow or loss.

"from closeted despair

Flattery appears in self's
design of many self
made hearts. Despair of ever
being accepted, the venetians
conquered the sun
and then left . . .
You mentioned reasons why you were
thrown off the mountain.
Because the children turned off
the stars . . ."

The unusual use of word juxtapositions and images creates an original oeuvre. A celebration of surreal images, the poetry transports from brokenness to a secret world of healing, a fantastical offering. disrobing iris by Mary Kasimor.

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