I have friend who’s been talking about her hypomania lately. I don’t know what hypomania is but everything I need to know to be a good friend is in the compound of this compound word. So we have another glass of wine and compare notes on heartache until she starts to slur. This is what it’s like reading THE DRUNK SONNETS by Daniel Bailey.
First, you will be confronted by the capital letters. All of them. And they will be unexpected because Magic Helicopter Press released the second edition of the book in January, now with introduction by Sean Lovelace, poet and professor of Bailey’s from BSU. This introduction uses the kind of capitalization we’ve all come to expect of the world.
Next you will be confronted by expectations; your own when you think of a sonnet. You might speed through these poems, rollicking in Bailey’s humor, enjambment, and profanity. And then you’ll have hit upon it—these sonnets are profane. They don’t care for much beyond the fourteen lines of the form. Sonnet #30 says it best:
LOVE IS HARDER THAN NOISE MUSIC
4/4 TIME OR 3/4 TIME OR WHATEVER IT TAKES
I COULD USE A LITTLE OF THAT STRUCTURE
SO I COULD TEAR IT APART OR SOMETHING
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If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off. There are illustrated versions, too!
This year’s Reverse Fan Mails will be mailed in time for Valentine’s Day so you can send one to your sweetie.
Reverse Fan Mail authors include Jac Jemc, Matthew Rohrer, Stacey Levine, Ed Skoog, Joshua Beckman, Mark Leidner, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Bridge,Wendy Xu, Jane Wong, Rich Smith, Ted Powers, Peter Mountford, Drew Swenhaugen, Mike Young, Amber Nelson, Megan Kaminski, Richard Chiem, Matthew Simmons, and Doug Nufer.
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After THE DRUNK SONNETS, we’ve got the reading list equivalent of burritos, pizza and nachos (IN ONE!). Check out these book recommedations from Daniel Bailey and Magic Helicopter Press.