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Small Catastrophes in a Big World Paperback – November 26, 2012
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About the Author
A. Razor was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1963, but was brought to California at the age of 1. He began writing and publishing around 1980 in various underground zines and publications, first in the Los Angeles area, then ever expanding outward from there as he was discovered by Drew Blood Press, Ltd. in 1984, where he published 11 chapbooks up to 1995. He has been published in many types of publications, ranging from those that are considered reputable to those that are of ill repute. He became a member of the Hollywood Institute of Poetics in Los Angeles, CA in 2009. He has participated recently in the Poets In Prison panel at Beyond Baroque and the 2011 ALOUD reading series held at the Downtown Los Angeles Public Library. In 2012 he teamed up with Iris Berry to launch Punk Hostage Press, which has released 5 titles of his own work and where he has edited 10 more titles from as many writers, Danny Baker, Iris Berry, C.V. Auchterlonie, Carolyn Srygley-Moore, Rich Ferguson, Dennis Cruz, Frank Reardon, Alexndra Naughton, SB Stokes and Hollie Hardy. His long anticipated offering, 'Better Than A Gun In A Knife Fight' was released in May, 2012 on Punk Hostage Press, edited by Iris Berry with an introduction by Bucky Sinister. 2012 also saw the release of 'Drawn Blood: Collected Works on D.B.P.,Ltd.1985-1995', also on Punk Hostage Press and with an introduction by Maureen McNally. 'Beaten Up Beaten Down' was released on Punk Hostage Press the 22nd of November, 2012. It features an eclectic mix of writing styles, both poetic and prosaic, that reflect on the contemporary influences on the culture of this most marginal of artists. S.A. Griffin provides the colorful and apt Introduction for this book. Also out in 2013 was a 50 poem collection to celebrate the author's 50th birthday, entitled 'Half-CenturyStatus'. Last December in 2014 he released a holiday themed collection, 'Days of Xmas Poems'. 2015 will see the hopeful release of the long awaited collection of short stories, 'Long Winded Tales of the Low Plains Drifter' and the poem/prose book 'Puro Purismo'. His writing has always explored the world that he has sought to be a part of and to rebel against at the same paradoxical moment. He has traveled extensively, seeking and enduring everything from homelessness and imprisonment to serenity and peace.
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`the greatest gift ever given was dust, as it gave back
what was taken...'
The language of the poems is lucid, clean, the imagery almost familiar yet originally placed, making their combination all the more potent, concise, and sharp:
`swim or swallow
through the mud pit
the ghost of bed bugs past
haunt the restless dreams...
...trials by fire
that lead to
more trials by fire
life in shopping carts
full of broken living...'
This is a poetry of irrevocable wounds, of pain and its myriad manifestations, of love and hope and a desire for something else on the horizon, yet is deeply rooted in the real.
Of the `being found', of the `finding of the other', and of the remaining, in spite of the displacement:
when the world
would have thrown me
so long ago'
(`My Girl (for Naima))
This is the work of a man who has suffered much, lived the `life less lived', and who has emerged, to grind down to the bones of it, and transfigure them into a real and lasting timeless beauty:
`I look at San Quentin hard & long, as I remember
The thankless giving up I did there...
...I have not been caught by guns & guards in the longest time
since I first became a man in that world...'
Razor understands the drama of the human condition, yet he is not a dramatist, his words are noble. He does not scream, but with a profusion of warmth delivers the heart and soul of his existence to the reader.
Yes, darkness will claim all, inevitably, but it is the intricacies and subtle gestures that really count in Razor's world, which I recommend you avail of, in this excellent book.