The Place Of Broken Things by Linda D. Addison & Alessandro Manzetti

Bram Stoker Award winners Linda D. Addison and Alessandro Manzetti use their unique voices to create a dark, surrealistic poetry collection exploring the many ways shattered bodies, minds, and souls endure.

They created poems of visionary imagery encompassing death, gods, goddesses and shadowy, Kafkaesque futures by inspiring each other, along with inspiration from others (Allen Ginsberg, Pablo Neruda, Phillis Wheatley, etc.).

Construction of The Place started with the first bitten apple dropped in the Garden. The foundation defined by the crushed, forgotten, and rejected. Filled with timeless space, its walls weep with the blood of brutality, the tears of the innocent and predatory desire. Enter and let it whisper dark secrets to you.

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[At first, when she started dancing / at the same time each day / (wearing a grotesque black and white suit) / the walls of the purple room seem / to shine, opening warm crevices, new windows THE DEAD DANCER]

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(Crystal Lake Publishing, 19 July 2019, 84 pages, ebook, bought from @AmazonKindle)

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I read a lot of poetry, dozens of collections a year but I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before. I’d no idea genre poetry even existed. What a great idea! This is one of the most original and interesting poetry collections I’ve ever read. I loved every poem. I also loved the fact a lot of the poems are inspired by other poets such as Allen Ginsberg or singers such as Pablo Neruda. The poems are deep and intense at times and use wide ranging subjects including death, gods and goddesses. This is certainly original and well worth a read.

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