Suburban Noir

I’m fortunate to have had some commentary about Suburban Fantasy published in the last few weeks.

My thanks to Gemma Billington for conducting this thought provoking interview.

THE MOST POWERFUL POETS FOR ME SPEAK TO WHAT’S TRUEST AND MOST FUNDAMENTAL IN THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, AND IN READING AND RECOGNISING MY OWN INNER WORLD IN THEIRS, I FIND COMRADERY AND SOLACE.

— Michele Seminara

And to the invaluable Rochford Street Review for publishing Les Wicks’ and Ali Whitelock’s launch speeches.

One is unable (and unwilling) to look away from the sheer truths of embodiment captured in this book.

— Les Wicks

Read these poems to understand the silent scream of every woman you’ve ever known.

— Ali Whitelock

I’m grateful to Emma Lee for writing this insightful review.

MICHELE SEMINARA PROBES FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, FOCUSING ON THE DARKER SIDE, THE ROTTEN WOOD, TEMPERED BY HOPE AND A REFUSAL TO CONFORM.

— Emma Lee

And to David Adès for having me as a guest on Westwords Poets’ Corner.

Finally, you can read six poems from Suburban Fantasy here and, if you’re inclined, buy the book here!

Plot

Remixed from Philip Larkin’s ‘The Whitsun Weddings’

All afternoon the women shared their wounding. Loosed from fathers, free of knots, under their belts, the secret smut, a hothouse lark, the race to wed, time gripping tighter.

Along the line, children defined the marked off landscape of their lives: marriage struck then swelled then slowed the girl displaced inside.

A blinding sense of nondescript, bright parodies of dull success; their aims like arrows falling

out of sight as if they’d died — And not one flashed uniquely, and nothing fresh survived.