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32 review for Horror Vacui : Poems and Other Writings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is an excellent collection that manages to mimic the way the mind processes memory of events and does so in a fun way. You feel like you are experiencing the memories as they hit the page through the longer poems. The short poems lend playfulness to the collection as do the dreams towards the end. The quarantine diary that finishes the book is honest and filled with the ennui and lethargy we continue to experience over a year into this thing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Nunes

    An honest, extraordinary collection of poems. Playful and surprising lines track a life of inadequacy paired with not very alarming crises which always appear unavoidable. Yet optimism is always one line away. In a bizarre way the poems simply exist like the lives we lead from day to day, the poems live line by line, as wide open windows with a view of the ordinary. Access to authors is what readers often beg for and in a way the author authorizes the reader to look at her life while reflecting An honest, extraordinary collection of poems. Playful and surprising lines track a life of inadequacy paired with not very alarming crises which always appear unavoidable. Yet optimism is always one line away. In a bizarre way the poems simply exist like the lives we lead from day to day, the poems live line by line, as wide open windows with a view of the ordinary. Access to authors is what readers often beg for and in a way the author authorizes the reader to look at her life while reflecting the bogus reality all around us. The section of quarantine diaries is a perfect glimpse into the desire to create multiple versions of ourselves while our access to others is limited. A badass book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Franco Romero

    I found Shy Watson's work because I saw people talking about it on twitter. I'm grateful I've found so many writers that way. It feels more magical to have a book recommended to me by strangers on the internet because that's the new "word of mouth" I guess. And when this book got to my house I read it in one sitting. And then I read it a second time the next day. It's rare for me to find this combination, this sweet spot for what I'm looking for in poetry. A solid balance between the everyday an I found Shy Watson's work because I saw people talking about it on twitter. I'm grateful I've found so many writers that way. It feels more magical to have a book recommended to me by strangers on the internet because that's the new "word of mouth" I guess. And when this book got to my house I read it in one sitting. And then I read it a second time the next day. It's rare for me to find this combination, this sweet spot for what I'm looking for in poetry. A solid balance between the everyday and the otherworldly. The moving with grace between these two spaces. These poems do that and because I see the everyday details of the speaker's life, I can move along into the ghostly, witchy stuff too. The final section of this book contains "quarantine diaries." And they felt so dreamlike, so offbeat and distantly psychedelic. Which is exactly what my quarantine experience was like. And I'm glad to finally encounter this in a book. It made me feel human, feel connected to the book I was reading for the first time in a year.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tex Gresham

    a book that contains the essence of what it's like to live in 2019-2021 (and maybe beyond). a transition from freeform poetic glimpses of life to the incongruity of dreamscapes to the absurdly disconnected landscape of a quarantined existence. it's a poet's translation of this traumatic and weird-as-fuck time. shy watson's writing is at times wonderfully abstract and at others poignantly direct -- and sometimes relatably mundane. this is another killer book from house of vlad and my first book o a book that contains the essence of what it's like to live in 2019-2021 (and maybe beyond). a transition from freeform poetic glimpses of life to the incongruity of dreamscapes to the absurdly disconnected landscape of a quarantined existence. it's a poet's translation of this traumatic and weird-as-fuck time. shy watson's writing is at times wonderfully abstract and at others poignantly direct -- and sometimes relatably mundane. this is another killer book from house of vlad and my first book of shy's. and because of it, i am now a devoted reader. (and yes, relatably is a word)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Blake Middleton

    “at work i laughed so hard i cried imagining a dollar store with an entire glass case of cowboy hats illuminated by dramatic lighting” really enjoyed these poems and the quarantine diaries section at the end. would recommend to fans of frank o’ hara, jean rhys.. was going to write more but my chihuahua’s stomach is making weird noises and i think i need to take it outside

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gublichandji Buginath

    quarantine, lockdown, curfews all around me, so this book felt like good company :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ross Felton

    My favorite part was the final 3rd of the book which consisted of the dreamscapes and quarantine diaries.

  8. 4 out of 5

    cheese

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gauraa Shekhar

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jon Ruseski

  11. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  12. 4 out of 5

    Scott Muska

  13. 5 out of 5

    brandi g

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryon

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crowjonah

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cory Bennet

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Alan Ellis

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rose Nisotis

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marzi Margo

  22. 4 out of 5

    A

  23. 4 out of 5

    James

  24. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Em

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ritu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bhockto Rabha

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abby

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Zucati

  30. 4 out of 5

    Juliana

  31. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

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    Steffi Tupe

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