"[A] provocative reinterpretation of poetry's function...Here is devastating meta-poetry for the board game--playing, smartphone-scrolling masses, both accessible and enlightened."--Publisher's Weekly I am of my times and you screengrab out of ancient nowhere, the title of one of the poems in Starkweather's second collection, PAIN: The Board Game, perfectly captures both his utter contemporariness and his empathetic treatment of our most primal conditions: "dis- / appointment / & misery / & helplessness / & suffering / & pain / & fear." As he deploys the #trending and vintage lexicons of technology and pop culture with the depth and ease of a true lyricist, Starkweather pushes his poems into the territory of universal affect and risky humanity, to the root of our desire to connect. This is the contemporary poem that, just after it has "Shazamed / your orgasm" resurrects "the rough magic / of bodies / illuminating / the lack / of any / limitation / when one." Starkweather's unyielding, funny, luminous poetry is a brand new classic. Also includes 15 color illustrations by artist Jon-Michael Frank. 3 shots to the chest at the arcade Sadness is my favorite video game I am its hero the little man with facial hair scampering through pixilated cities looking for clues and accumulating shit without knowing why trying not to be crushed or free fall into the not-world's dark as 8-bit clouds scroll across the pre- programmed sky it's exhausting but I take it next level I am happy here it feels real and I can always die
Publisher: Third Man Books
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
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