If Gavin had asked me to link to the newest Revelator Press chapbook — “The Bridge and the River,” a collection of Tim Carmody’s poems — I would have happily done so. As it happens he did not, which gives me the opportunity to link naturally and of my own bloggy volition, for three reasons:
- Allegiance to Tim Carmody, who besides being a terrific blogger and poet (as you’ll see), is a prolific & erudite Snarkmarket commenter. This domain is without exaggeration about 25 percent more interesting simply because he stops in as often as he does.
- The poems are really good! In particular, I like “Island,” which is short but weighty; “February 13, 2002,” which — well, if movies should start with a murder, then poems should start with a moment you truly recognize, and this one does; and “Horn,” which is just sort of titanic.
- The chapbook’s design is pitch-perfect. Brandon Kelley knows what’s up.
(Note: I love the word “chapbook.” I suspect you do as well.)