The first year of these poetry chapbooks is over and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Great to read work by poets I know and a great way to discover new artists. The covers are really eye catching. Below is info and my reviews of each volume. I am hoping that that Blumer lady organises another year of these.
Volume 1: Beast of Burden
Featuring: A. Lynn Blumer, Cole Bauer, Benjamin Blake, Andy Carrington, Jade Dolloff, Arthur Graham, Gary. J. Karman, Haley Jenkins, K.D. Maddox, Bob Polzin, Leo X. Robertson, Alex Watenen.
My Review: Volume 1 of the EZ. P. Zine is a promising start, nice strong collection and quite a few new poets to me. A couple of stand out poems for me were :
1. Leo X Robertson’s “erotic” poem about BP’s oil spill of 2010. I can easily see oil execs using these lines during sex.
2. Humans by Gary J. Karman was the most interesting in the book, it really stood out because of how different it is to anything else I’ve read in the past, it had a real Byron feel to it. I ended up reading it 3 times.
A great start to this zine, looking forward to volume 2.
Volume 2: Bird in Paradise
Featuring: A. Lynn Blumer, Cole Bauer, Benjamin Blake, Arthur Graham, Lady Hawk, Haley Jenkins, Gary J. Karman, India Laplace, Robert Polzin, Janeen Rastall, John Patrick Robbins, Josh Reinaas, Harry Whitewolf.
My Review: Another interesting collection, a few new (to me) poets. I do like that these issues have a theme to them, unfortunately I can’t always see the link between theme and poem. There is one here about something needing to be charged, not sure how that is Bird in paradise. That one went a bit over my head.
Stand out items were Harry Whitewolf, such a unique style that makes his work stand out more than anything else in the book. A. Lynn Blumer and Benjamin Blake who captured the theme perfectly. And finally “You Turned Mixed Messages into an Art Form” by India LaPlace, a piece straight from the heart, incredibly moving stuff.
Looking forward to issue 3 now.
Volume 3: Reap what you Sow
Featuring: A. Lynn Blumer, Benjamin Blake, Alicia Brunskill, Charlie-Anne Butterworth, Andy Carrington, Ahja Fox, Arthur Graham, John Hilden, Haley Jenkins, Gary J. Karman, KD Maddox, Bob Polzin, Omari Rouse, Alex Watenen.
My Reivew: Another fine collection from EZPZ, this is fast becoming one of my favourite poetry chapbook series. This collection’s opening act is Andy Carrington, he gives us a fine poem in “Failed Picasso” the layout of this poem is almost a work of art. Great to see Arthur Graham, A. Lynn Blumer, Benjamin Blake and Gary J. Karmen getting poems published in this collection.
Stand out poem and the one for me that fits the category of “Consequences” perfectly was by Omari Rouse, her poem “What if woman” was incredible, very though provoking.
Make sure you check out this collection.
Volume 4: Resolve
Featuring: A. Lynn Blumer, Jeff Bagato, Cole Bauer, Robert Beveridge, Benjamin Blake, Alicia Brunskill, Andy Carrington, Jade Dollof, Rodney Gardner, Gary J. Karman, India LaPlace, Amanda Moilanen, Bob Polzin, Omari Rouse, Alex Watanen.
My Review: The first year of zines has completed and they have been a great collection, loads of new poets for this reader to check out.
The theme of this book seems to be nature, both Mother and human nature mixed between the pages.
Highlights in this collection were:
Wonder woman by Omari Rouse a fantastic short piece of poetry, it goes off in an unexpected direction, had to re-read to make sure my mind hadn’t twisted things.
Two epic poems by Bob Polzin had to be read a few times, crammed full of great lines.
And India LaPlace, easily one of the best poets I know of, Her “Going Home” was a very moving trip down memory lane.
Volume 4 finishes off the first year of these zines, and what a strong finish it was, looking forward to what comes next.
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