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Corona Obscura: Sonets Dark and Elemental Paperback – June 27, 2016
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Collings is a scholar, and here resurrects and expands the corona, an Elizabethan poetical convention. He is also a legitimate poet, and these are beautiful writings, distinctive from each other despite the interweaving and the common theme. He is moreover a writer (indeed, as of 2016, a "Grand Master") of horror, so these poems are populated with horrific ideas and tropes, including witches, zombies, blobs, and blood rites. The poems are also redolent with a wise, musky, humorful humanity -- the zombie is not just a zombie, but the sleep-deprived poet trying to respond to the midnight cries of his child.
This is horror writing at its very best; an individual walks into the dark to confront terror, and in sharing the narrator's particular terrors and triumphs, the reader is shown the beauty in her her own suffering, and the path forward.