By Ken Cormier
This is often Ken Cormier's first released number of prose and poetry. Ranging in temper from all-out hilarity to heart-stopping depression, this ebook utilises a constant thread of track and rhythm to propel its language. Cormier's wide historical past in percussion informs his writing at each point of the method. easily positioned, Cormier brings functionality to the web page, and this is often his one-man sort exhibit. Cormier's tales peel again the layers of an inclination suburban panorama, and his characters scratch and claw to discover suggestion at the railroad tracks, to endure the absurdity of kin disorder, to alternate the bitterness of complacency for the joys of overall annihilation. The poems toughen his over-arching topics, punctuating the textual content like rapid-fire epiphanies. The book's ultimate and longest instalment, 'Havris and Malen', is the tale of 2 brothers trying to juggle destiny, relatives, and friendship opposed to a backdrop of unpredictable magic and a closet choked with drained secrets and techniques. related in shape to Gene Toomer's 1923 vintage, 'Cane', Cormier's 'Balance Act' is a various mixture of poetry and fiction, a hyper-speed, gear-shifting monologue for the schizophrenic lots.
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Phone calls to long distance friends — Zachary, Phil, Martha, Steve, Michelle. Everyone's having babies, but not Rita Reeve... Thursday through Sunday, out on the road. Route 80 West. Through Des Moines, through Lincoln. 76 South to Denver and then 70 West through the mountains. The brakes burn and smoke. Rita eyes the emergency truck ramps. She's never used one yet. Knew a guy who lost control and veered off to save himself, but the rocks and pebbles couldn't hold him. He was going too fast, blew through and up and over.
Screeches Lizzy, suddenly by my side. "They're the enemy. " We've got the turkey, eggs, two loaves of cheap bread, cream of mushroom soup for the string bean casserole, olives, and Bell's seasoning. "My mother loves sausage in the stuffing," I say. Lizzy pulls down on the skin beneath her eyes until she looks like Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera. COCKTAIL HOUR Lizzy shuts the door hard and I head for the bathroom. " She laughs. It shakes the walls. I finish my business in the bathroom. " She gives herself an imaginary handjob and then runs to the bathroom.
No no no, thought Rita, no Tijuana this time. Pill-popping Rita took it all the way back to Gary, Indiana, in one long haul. She sang madly along with the radio, slapped the seat, chattered on the CB. She loved the Spanish stations. That Latino sound used to make her laugh every time she heard it, but now it was the only thing on the radio that didn't make her sick. Pop music in the States was bullshit. All of it. Rock, country, dance, top forty. Rita decided that today's American songwriters didn't take - 40 - enough drugs.
Balance Act by Ken Cormier