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No Mercy: Dark Poems Paperback – June 8, 2017
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"No Mercy offers the reader an extravaganza of bizarre visionary narratives embellished by a veritable cascade of surreal imagery from the pen of a master wordsmith. Recommended to be taken in small doses like a powerful hallucinogenic drug, these poems are as potent and intense as your worst nightmares and wildest dreams. Not for the faint of heart or mind."--Bruce Boston, SFPA Grandmaster, author of Surrealities.
"Marvelous, powerful work! Manzetti fills his canvases with broken souls -such as Janis Joplin, Frida Kahlo whose lives left footprints in our history. He introduces you to others with Inspiring imagery, giving the reader much to ponder. Simply outstanding, five stars!--Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winner
"No Mercy is a must read for anyone who loves Jazz and the blues. Two long poems and three mentions of my favorite Janis Joplin, two references to the great John Coltrane and one of the equally talented Miles Davis. I could almost hear Pearl singing "A Woman Left Lonely" in the background as I read these enchanting but dark and scary nightmares. Alessandro Manzetti is equally talented in prose and poetry. Highly recommended."--Gene O'Neill
"No Mercy is a journey through time and history on a real/surreal road, rocking and rolling with no pity. Manzetti's poems inspire a transcendent reality, a dream reality that slips in and out of nightmares; earthscape ruled by sensory overload, soul underload and imagination that melts into hunger for love, life and music. I loved this unearthly and yet strangely familiar meal laid before my eyes."--Linda D. Addison, award-winning author of "How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend"
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Daniele Serra’s artwork graces the cover and inside you will find illustrations from Giampaolo Frizzi. Alessandro says that he dedicates this latest book of poetry to Janis Joplin, although he was listening to Miles Davis while writing. That may seem like a bit of at odds with the styles, yet, that is how I see his work. The complexity of his subjects meshed with their small slivers of hope. There is an underlying current of despair running through these works that tie together the feelings of the used and abused.
With references to Janis Joplin and her music along with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other ghosts of the past a story unfolds. Taking us in and out of reality, Manzetti’s verses are powerful in the feelings they convey.
As with past books of Manzetti’s, this is another that I was compelled to read straight through, his mesmerizing verses get under your skin there is No Mercy!
Suffice to say, No Mercy is equally impressive. Manzetti’s work isn’t for the faint of heart. It is bleak, grim, but often beautiful reading. With this, his latest collection, Manzetti often incorporates a musical theme that weaves its way through some of the collection’s best poems. Janis Joplin and Miles Davis both featured in verses that contain strong imagery. It is at times confronting and others much more subtle. Manzetti tells of the world’s end, of suicide and revenge! It’s great stuff, though this probably isn’t the sort of collection one would use to woo a member of the opposite (or same) sex on date night…unless of course you enjoy the darker things in life, such as I.
I do enjoy the poetry of Alessandro Manzetti. So much so, that I picked up another of his collections for reading at a later date. His style is accessible, vivid and at times disturbing. He leaves you dirty feeling, like you could do with a hot shower when you finish reading. I didn’t think it was quite as complete as Eden Underground, though it is still a mighty impressive piece of work. Great cover art from Daniele Serra, too!
4/5 licks from the Grim Reader.
A key element for me is the mastery of language and nuance that Manzetti demonstrates in this collection. I've seen it in other work by him as well. I don't mind climbing aboard for a Manzetti trip, even though I'm never sure where he will take me. I'm also never quite comfortable, but I don't mind at all. I like what I read to disturb me, and No Mercy accomplishes that.
My favorite pieces in this grand tome are "Electronic Death," "Morning Suicide," and "The Pearl," though I have to say that I enjoyed all the works in this fearsome collection.
Bouncing from unnerving modern myth to nasty tales of subversion, paranoia, and post-modern violence, Alessandro has crafted a masterpiece of existential dreams and unforgiving nightmares.
Trust me, you won't go wrong snatching up this wonderful anthology... I just can't promise you'll truly escape its hypnotic pages...
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