Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments by Carlo Matos

It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments

by Carlo Matos

Giveaway ends May 05, 2016.
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Monday, March 21, 2016

My New Book Has Been Released

It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments
consists of a series of poems featuring women—some fictional, some nonfictional. There are bounty hunters, Battle Bots champs, werewolves, homunculi, escape artists, archers, and CIA bagwomen. Even Lucy, now an adult, attempts to come to terms with her systematic torturing of her childhood pal, Charlie Brown, and wonders why she never let him kick that football. And, of course, there are the scientists: Lise Meitner, Jane Goodall, Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Anning, and Caroline Herschel, to name a few. These are women who treat life as an experiment, who test their hypotheses carefully, who marvel at the often profound gap between theory and practice, and who conclude, finally, that a “blunderbuss or a bonefire /was no way to describe loving/the universe.”
--Portuguese-American Journal

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful response to Loon & Fiasco at Goodreads

This is a great and sad book. Through a series of prose poems, flash fiction, binary coded messages and back and forth dialog with a robot, no matter what our protagonist, Johnny Sundays (aka Fiasco) does, he ends up alone. The sad part – this aloneness is a long losing battle – a lost year in a single day – or a day that lasts a year – however you interpret the opening “Groundhog Day” set up – separating from Linda was a day of great loss – complete with the disoriented feeling of "saudade" (from wiki “a word in Portuguese that claims no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgia or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.”)

Even Johnny's interactions with the outside world are a losing battle. He sends gorgeously bizarre, coded text messages to Linda (aka Loon), who of course never responds. He has a fight at a burrito joint with a construction crew member who simply liked his “teal shirt.” And Johnny's rebound robot, Alice, will never be human.

Yes, there are sprinkles of dark humor – “Of course, a couple of nights earlier he had been seized by the equally powerful realization that while giving himself an enema, he had become the perfect water canon.” But those parts only make the sad parts sadder.

This must be what it is like to wake up alone in a foreign country. Surprisingly weird! Refreshingly awkward! Sobering. THE SECRET CORRESPONDENCE OF LOON & FIASCO is a wonderfully creative novella. Not to be missed!

--Susan Yount