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Missing You, Metropolis: Poems Paperback – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Gary Jackson was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He received his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and has taught in Albuquerque and in Anyang, South Korea.
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Jackson's collection largely focuses on superhero comics, a subject I'm not completely unfamiliar with. My favorites in that genre are those that go beyond the often uncritical and superficial nature of superheroes and use them to examine and comment upon the complexities of our own lives. Examples of this include Alan Moore's Watchmen and some of the X-Men comics written by Grant Morrison. Jackson does the same thing using poetry. His monologues in the voice of superheroes, or their family, or of anonymous bystanders, are all aimed squarely at examining the basics of being human: love, hate, fear, anger, ambition, aging, family life, yearning... So familiarity with superheroes is not a prerequisite for the reader.
Other poems along this theme similarly humanize the superhuman: Mary Jane and Betty discuss their love lives with Spider-Man and the Hulk; Magneto laments hate crimes against mutants; a father holds his newborn mutant son.
This theme makes up about half of "Missing You, Metropolis". The other half is more personally centered on Gary Jackson, often involving his childhood in Topeka, Kansas. Poems consider love and sex, gangs and drugs, race, and friendships changing over time.
Each poem is accessible, beautiful, touching and clever. Highly recommended.
You can read my full review (along with a review of Multiverse: A Collection of Superhero Poetry) at Loser City: http://loser-city.com/features/missing-you-metropolis-multiverse
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Brilliant! Those who have left few stars don't read or write poetry! It's a must have in your contemporary poetry collection!Published on November 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer