Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dreams And Nightmares #89 (May 2011)

Reviewed by Alexandra Seidel

This latest issue of Dreams and Nightmares comes to you scented with myth and a sense of longing, with much darkness but also with a sense of light. It may not be your typical summer read, but in my book, that is not a bad thing.

Brock Moore gives a fine example of mythpunk in 'Oblivion Takes Out the Trash'. Herein we see what the Greeks called gods among other things, nightmares with flaring hooves invading the every day/normal/suburbian life of the (no longer quite so divine) protagonist. We get a sense of something beyond the quaintness of home, the quaintness of taking out the trash. This poem makes you think about your priorities, and it does so in evocative language and with powerful imagery.

'Groggy Mountain' by Andy Boyan almost sees a giant rise from a long sleep. This is a wonderful prose poem that opens the Mountain's mind still foggy with sleep to the reader, shows us the rise in slow motion and at the end, we feel relieved that the giant was too groggy after all and went back to sleep. At least for now.

G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans's 'The 25 Cent Rocket: One Quarter Of The Way To The Stars' is one cool poem. A boy gets to ride a rocket up up up and away and while I was reading this, I was thinking "me too!". If only I knew where to find a rocket like that! But I suppose the authors keep that to themselves.

In Jamie Wasserman's 'The Dream King Steals God's Watch' the larcenous tendencies of the Dream King are explored. However, the results of the theft are the really interesting part. The poem is an intelligent mash up of myths and the author managed to add a couple of nice twists.

Since there is so much murky darkness in this Dreams and Nightmares already, creatures of the night should be expected. They come with fur and teeth in William John Watkins's 'The Werewolf's Wife Stays' but to be fair, the poem is not just about the wolf as the title suggests. It is about darkness though.

The poems in this issue of Dreams and Nightmares are very much to my taste, strong voiced, clear and sharp. This issue also stands out because of the editor's note 'From the Brain Stem' that is not so much about the poetry featured here. Instead David tells us about how the tornados hit his home. Even if you are one of those who never read the editor's note, I recommend that you read this one.

For further info: http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com