Justin Isis' Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess will be published by Snuggly Books in February 2016.
Information about Justin Isis:
Justin Isis has worked as a model, consultant, rapper and visual artist and currently heads the Tokyo Black Lodge occult group. His previous works include I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like (Chomu Press, 2011) and Welcome to the Arms Race (Chomu Press, 2015). He also co-edited Chomu’s Dadaoism anthology (2012).
Information about Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess:
Pitched partway between multivalent modern Orphic hymnal and satiric devastation of the Internet age's spiritual emptiness, Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess, Justin Isis's poetry debut, combines discordant rhythms, fragmented multilingual sampling and deliriously surreal imagery to create a crosscultural assault on boredom, a pagan invocation of divine progenitive forces: Lawrentian goddesses of the blood glimpsed through a Situationist lens of anarchic eroticism and vandalizing humor. A Mystery Rite in rhyme for the terminally distracted and a trenchant breviary of the lightning age to come.
A REVIEW OF JUSTIN ISIS' DIVORCE PROCEDURES FOR THE HAIRDRESSERS OF A METALLIC AND INCONSTANT GODDESS
Justin Isis' Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess is a chapbook filled with literary poems and speculative fiction poems. It's the second chapbook in the Snuggly Slim edition series, and it's the author's debut at writing poetry.
Before I delve into analysing and reviewing this chapbook and its contents, I'll say a few words about Justin Isis, because he may be an unknown author to certain readers. Justin Isis is a talented author who has written compelling short stories. He has also co-written the unique The Cutest Girl in Class (Snuggly Books, 2013) with Brendan Connell and Quentin S. Crisp.
Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess was a pleasant surprise for me. Although I was already familiar with the author's fiction and knew what kind of stories he writes, I have to admit that I was positively surprised by his poems, because they were charmingly strange, original and captivating. They're a welcome addition to the ever-expanding canon of speculative fiction poetry.
This chapbook is something special to readers who love poetry and surreal imagery. It's not your normal kind of a poetry chapbook, because its contents are imaginative and magnificently odd. In this chapbook, surrealism evokes strange and enthralling images in the reader's mind. There's even a touch of eroticism in some of the poems.
The synopsis for this chapbook gives readers a good idea what to expect from it, but it is up to each of us to make our assumptions of its contents and its fascinating weirdness. As many of us are aware of, each of us experiences poetry in a different way - some of us love it while others don't understand it. I personally enjoy reading good and well written poetry and I've read quite a lot of speculative fiction poetry, so I enjoyed this chapbook.
In this chapbook, Justin Isis delivers his readers a fine and memorable feast of surrealism and poetic strangeness. His playful approach to poetry feels refreshing. At times he plays with different languages (French, German, Japanese and other languages) by adding samples of them to his poems. This kind of playfulness adds a charming flavour of stylistic weirdness to this chapbook.
Many of the poems have discordant and fascinating rhythms of their own. I loved this, because it felt fresh. The well chosen words and expressions emphasise the atmosphere in these poems. I'm aware that this kind of writing may not be to everyone's liking, but in my opinion, it's great that the author dares to experiment and wants to offer something different to his readers.
When you begin to read this chapbook, you will be greeted by such amazing sights as the Executioner's Daughter, the Black Cathedral and Mushroom Kingdom, but this is only a small glimpse of what the poems have in store for readers. The poems and their contents vary from the mundane to the utmost surreal. The author has added plenty of strangeness to his poems.
These poems are a wild ride through imaginary landscapes that most likely differ from everything you've ever encountered before when reading poems. There's silent power in them that seduces readers who are fascinated by experimental fiction. They form a lyrical symphony that demonstrates the expressive nature of English verse in an unusual way.
Perhaps the best way to describe Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess and its contents is to say that it's a masterfully peculiar and intriguing chapbook that consists of many different elements and poetic experimentalism. In my opinion, this chapbook is charmingly strange and it will please readers who are not afraid of reading something different and enjoy beautifully written experimental poetry.
Besides being strange and captivating, Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess is thought-provoking. It contains quite a lot of thought-provoking elements that make you think about certain things and their meaning. It's not an easy chapbook, but it is a rewarding reading experience to those who want style and substance from their poems. It demands attention and concentration from the reader, but it gives back a lot in return.
The cover image by James Nicholas fits this chapbook perfectly, as does the title.
If you enjoy reading poetry and especially speculative fiction poetry, you should take a look at Divorce Procedures for the Hairdressers of a Metallic and Inconstant Goddess, because it's an extraordinary achievement. It's unique in its poetic strangeness and captivating atmosphere. Please, take a bold step into the unknown and experience something wonderfully strange by reading this chapbook.
Highly recommended to readers who love poetry!