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STANZA POETRY #10 Tell Them What I Saw [Hardcover] by Matt Bialer

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A POETRY COLLECTION COLLECTION by Matt Bialer
PUBLICATION DATE  January 2014
EDITION Jacketed Hardcover
COVER ART Matthew Revert
PRINT RUN unsigned
ISBN  978-1-848636-98-9


When everyone else seems to be exploring their own navels or has just figured out that "language" doesn't "mean" "anything", Bialer takes our hand and pulls us outward into a much larger, stranger world. Bialer is a successful street photographer and painter and he brings his artist's eye to these amazing poems, showing us the unspectacular real world behind the supernatural. These are poems that celebrate imagination and folly and the heartbreak that is being human and trying to make sense of a world that is infinitely bigger than even the craziest of us imagines. UFOS, The Bermuda Triangle, alternate universes, estranged families and wonder all swirl together in these expansive, totally original poems. I read a lot of poems and I never have come across anything quite as beautifully strange as Bialer's.
—Matthew Rohrer
Author of RISE UP and DESTROYER AND PRESERVER
 
Matt Bialer's original, compelling, entertaining poems spin and split and carry on in a somewhere space that bristles with familiar facts and strange possibilities. Kinetically poised between anecdote and fable, between sci-fi invention and historical record, between technological information and the wildest imaginings of paranormality, these energetic, observant, humorous, heartfelt and thought-packed poems strike their own notes of staccato narrative, bringing to immediate life a multitude of idiosyncratic, bizarrely inhabited worlds. Bialer's winningly intimate, hyper-aware voices orchestrate a serio-comic cohabitation of ordinary people with Charlie Chan, Bozo the Clown, Houdini, the X-files, the crazy-time universe of Lost, the case studies of Oliver Sacks, Pynchon paranoiacs, Dracula movies, and hosts more. His strobe-lit collage narratives fold us into their odd, often comic entanglements with no fussy explanatory apparatus, so the weirdly inexplicable becomes " part of our everyday living." As, I guess, it should be.
—Eamon Grennan
Author of MATTER OF FACT and STILL LIFE WITH WATERFALL
 
 
Somewhere in a lost Teaneck, NJ crystal radio Tarzan matinee autograph hound wild surmise of possibility, a unique perspective formed. And it lives on and finds voice and enlarged presence here. I've come to think that all art that really matters is the souled and sung embodiment of our initial instincts, that moment of perspective formation, deepened and enriched. Matt Bialer's poems offer us whole worlds, and remind us that below the threshold of fast food, B-movies, alien abduction headlines and media shimmer, what holds the larger imaginary world we think we live in together is something as simple as faith, and as complicated as words.
-Kris Saknussemm