Bite Me!: Musings on Monsters and Mayhem

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The Porcupine's Quill, Mar 14, 2019 - Poetry - 96 pages
In Bite Me!, idiosyncratic observations and provocative musings illuminate an unseen world of creatures both real and imagined.

This is a collection populated by eighty-foot-long boa constrictors and carnivorous pitcher plants. Of colossal clams that inhale noxious volcanic fumes and of bioluminescent ocean-dwelling critters that appear as ghostly mermaids to unsuspecting submariners. It is a collection in which the unfortunate Monster Boy copes with the consequences of schoolyard bullying—and flesh-liquefying stomach acid—while the agoraphobic Birdman ‘strives to ascend skyward’ though he is permanently grounded.

The poems and musings in Bite Me! are interested in ‘the bizarre side of Mother Nature’s handiwork’, from the depths of the ocean to the wilds of the tropical rainforest ... to the cozy hearth of the domesticated housecat. In this collection characterized by isolation and unquenchable need, Rosenblatt celebrates life in all its varied forms while awaiting that moment when ‘time drifting as a bottom feeder makes a meal of us’.

 

 

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Contents

Musings on Monsters and Mayhem
11
My Hungry Muse
13
Bite
14
A Midday Repast
15
A Drooling Plant
17
The Poetics of Feverish Gluttony
18
A Hungry Flower
19
An Agglutination of Angry Stomachs
20
He Never Answers My Email
33
A Blinking Memo
34
A Lusty Gastronome
35
Are Those Your Tears or Mine?
36
A Splendid Winter Coat
37
The Big Pearl
38
Silver
39
Catch of the
40

A Bifurcating Tongue
21
Sacrificial Virgins
22
A Ghostly Marshland
24
Hemorrhaging Petals
25
Heaven Hemorrhaging
27
That Essential Pollen
28
Floral Disguise
29
Mermaids
30
Jetting Away
32
Lechery in Fish
41
A Vicious Straddling Alpha Monster
42
Pleasurable Compressions
44
An Overdressed Fancy Dan of a Snake
45
Come Out of Hiding
46
His Screeching
47
Nibbling Sediment
48
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About the author (2019)

Joe Rosenblatt is an accomplished author and artist who, over the course of a five-decade career has produced over twenty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. He was the second poet to be published by Coach House Press, which released The LSD Leacock in 1966. Rosenblatt has since received several major awards, including the Governor General’s Award for his poetry collection Top Soil, as well as the B.C. Book Prize for Poetry Hotel in 1986. He lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.

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