Thursday, February 26, 2009

Review of Gary Cummiskey's Today is their Creator

The short twenty-five pages of Gary Cummiskey's poetry collection Today is their Creator are the best I've read in a while. The poems in these pages disrupt both the meanings of words and their relation to reality and also, and most crucially, for me at least, the overly precious poetic register that dominates local verse. Cummiskey's devices (deadpan lines, surreal word combinations, absurd contexts) are admirably cold but the ideas and emotions being piped through these devices are as hot as hell. This is a difficult art to master and Cummiskey, like Burroughs before him, does it exceedingly well. File under essential.

~Pravasan Pillay

ISBN: 978-0-620-402820-8
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