|Bruce Boston's 30th book of poetry collects
49 poems, six of them appearing here for
the first time. Includes reprints from Asimov's SF
Magazine, Chizine, The Pedestal Magazine, The
Rhysling Anthology, Space and Time, Strange Horizons,
and other leading genre and literary publications.
Beautifully illustrated by Daniele Serra.
Whether he’s writing about an errant siren, a grimoire, a
vulture, or the apocalyptic implosion of our way of life,
Boston does it with stunning and unexpected complexity.
There is a sense of completeness to his poems, a sense that he
has turned the thing around and looked at it from every
angle. He offers insights that are startling in their clarity,
and—after he’s shown them to us—completely logical.
This is a laudable achievement in and of itself, but
the fact that he can balance his eye for detail and his
intuition about character with a poet’s ear for the
lyrical joy of language is awe-inspiring.
— Joe McKinney,
author of Dead City and Quarantined
Dark Matters places an extraordinary gallery before
us—rat people and robovamps, dystopias and surreal
landscapes— rendered in all the rich colors of Bruce
Boston’s vivid word palette. Whether he’s speculating
on the dead who come to us in our dreams (“Like
Scarlet Birds Screeching”) or taking us on a journey
to a unique version of hell (“From the Damnation
Cemetery”), every piece here brightens and expands
what Boston calls “the bereft vocabulary of our lives.”
There’s no one in American poetry quite like
Bruce Boston, and Dark Matters is one of his best.
— Christopher Conlon,
author of Starkweather Dreams
and Midnight on Mourn Street
|2010 BRAM STOKER AWARD WINNER
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Although, as befits its title, this is a volume focused
on dark themes -- stranglers and berserkers, grimoires
and curses, demons and vultures, ghosts and zombies,
cemeteries and necropolises, shadows and dark rains
-- it yet manages surprising flashes of grim humor
(as in "A Siren's Tale" and "Robovamp"). No matter
how seemingly "marginal," "extreme," or "dark" the
science fiction, horror, and fantasy tropes Boston
plays upon here, in his hands those extremities cut
into and through all the supposedly central and
mundane assumptions of our daylight world. This
is a volume of work both incisive and insightful, full
of the subtlety, sophistication, and beauty of language
we have come to expect from Boston's previous work
-- but more darkly glittering, in this outing.
--Howard V. Hendrix,
author of Spears of God
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