One of the best writers of what I call ‘modern poetry’ Joseph Parker Okay is the co-founder and editor of the literary journal Spy Kids Review and the publishing house 2fast2house.
Some of the poetry in this book are thoughts, fragments, highlighting a page in large font and other poems have titles that seem to tell as much of a story as the poems. Depression is a key theme. Our narrator feels vulnerable, depressed, all while trying to hold down a job, and maintain relationships with lovers and friends. There are poems of automated voice calls, and online dating, making a point of the intricacies of our modern world. Poem Literally what is the point of living past 24
‘i saw the best bloggers of my generation destroyed by monthly service fees,
host server sites, and
cable companies nickel-and-diming,’ Ginsberg.
And poem Your phone is about to die and you hope it takes you with it pt.1
‘You see shitty buildings
you see shitty cops pulling over more shitty drivers
the shitty cops all wear the same shitty coats,’ John Cooper Clarke. Are poems taking inspiration from those that wrote before Joseph Parker Okay.
Personally I relate so much to the writing in this book and it was like lifting a lid on my own thoughts.
‘i have no support system, and really that’s the hardest part, i have nobody to talk to about anything,’
‘a 24 year old boy walks into a crowded bar, then leaves sober 10 minutes later because his social anxiety kept him from challenging other customers for the bartenders attention,’
What best to demonstrate the coming and going, while life continues on, of depression than the afterword.
‘today i realised what I’m really looking for with this last section is closure, a way to show myself that this was my life, that this part has passed and things are going to improve from here.but i think the reason it’s been so hard for me to write this section because i don’t honestly believe that’s true,’
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