If you have even the slightest interest in horror poetry, this is a highly recommended book. If you have even the slightest interest in writing horror poetry, this is mandatory reading.
Originally conceived as a literary experiment to create short, media-compatible poetry for then-prevalent handheld technology, Michael Arnzen's Gorelets has mutated and evolved in the decade since their introduction. Yet at their heart they've remained unchanged--brief, vivid poems written with skill, verve, and perverse humor. THE GORELETS OMNIBUS collects nearly everything Arnzen's written under the Gorelets banner, and it's a must-have for the dark-verse aficianado.
The hardcover edition contains bonus material (including the razor-sharp Martha Stewart parody "Michael Arnznen's Dying," one of the author's lesser-known classics), a handful of critical pieces analyzing Arnzen's work, and a compact poetry workshop with how-to articles and creative prompts. These nuts-and-bolts articles are a great resource for those looking to hone their craft, and more than justify the hardcover price.
Whichever edition you choose, you'll be rewarded with a wealth of strange, satirical, and clever poetry that packs an incredible amount of detail and power in their short line counts. A safe bet for the year's best horror poetry collection.
This is most definitely an experiment in poetry. These poems were specifically designed to me read on a PDA screen and now brought into the modern age and available for the Kindle and Kindle apps. Each one poem was purposefully constructed to fit in the screen. Every word is important. All that being said, these are horror poems that will repulse and horrify. Some of Arnzen work is down right hopeless. There are no happy endings here. There's no room. Every poem jumps you right into the muck, the guts and the gore.
The book also includes micro poems that were published on Twitter from 2009 to 2011. These are very interesting. It's great to see an artist overcome a 140 character limit. Included are a few examples of flash fiction. These are great examples of Arnzen's ability to tell a story in short form.
Also included are essays of criticism on the Gorelet experiment. These are great examples of insight on what others think of Arnzen's poetry.
If you are not a fan of Arnzen, this is a wonderful introduction and for those fans of Arnzen's writings, this is a must have.
Gorelets Omnibus gives a tour of Arnzen's work from his poetry through his short stories and onto abstract lists.
Arnzen's dark minimalist poems show us snippets of film stolen from the larger picture. We get to look at a flashed image, shot at us and left to the reader to flesh out the overall ourselves. My favourite poems were Killing Pinocchio (which I am dying to create some drawings for), Eeerie Gyri (one of Arnzen's Haikruel)and A Good Enough Box (obsession and possession a favourite theme of mine).
The longer cuts are like Twilight Zone episodes I want to see. I loved Endless Shrimp (a marine Midas touch) and Brian Keene Must Die (an almost fourth wall spiral).
Arnzen seems to favor the smaller pieces but I for one hope he does some more in the way larger stories.