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In the depths, half-hidden under still waters, await strange and vicious creatures .... Cthulhu, Godzilla and nagas mingle in Demonstra, a speculative poem collection which assembles 20 years of work by Bryan Thao Worra. Demonstra is a book of things glimpsed out of the corner of the eye. It is about a reality that can never fully be demonstrated, authenticated, dissected, ...more
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Published December 2nd 2013 by Innsmouth Free Press
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Ann Schwader
This is one of the most remarkable – and, at times, the most frustrating – speculative poetry collections I’ve read in a long time.

Bryan Thao Worra’s Laotian-American view of the Lovecraft Mythos, Japanese monster movies, American pop culture in general, and the mythologies of several other cultures makes for a heady reading experience. The poems themselves (mostly free verse) are well-crafted and diverse, with a few more mainstream offerings among the speculative ones. The poet’s voice is sure
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Kristine Muslim
Demonstra is borne of the extraordinary imagination of Bryan Thao Worra, who draws inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos, the Laotian pantheon of ghosts and monsters, and the horrors of the modern world, among other things. Something sinister and enchanting beckons out from every poem. There’s the enthralling journey across the dream highway of Ms. Manivongsa. There’s the poignant meditation on Egyptian iconography as a harbinger of death. And there’s the paean to Mothra. Demonstra is absolutely e ...more
K. H. Vaughan
It took exactly seven lines for me to decide I was onto something special with this new release from Innsmouth Free Press. This book is just that good. In Demonstra, Bryan Thao Worra presents an unusual collection of speculative poetry, filled with references to popular horror tropes, traditional Laotian folklore, and Buddhist musings in striking and unexpected combinations. Within, the classic monsters from Universal Pictures and Creature Double Feature rub elbows with Laotian Phi, Rakshasas, a ...more
K. H. Vaughan
It took exactly seven lines for me to decide I was onto something special with this new release from Innsmouth Free Press. This book is just that good. In Demonstra, Bryan Thao Worra presents an unusual collection of speculative poetry, filled with references to popular horror tropes, traditional Laotian folklore, and Buddhist musings in striking and unexpected combinations. Within, the classic monsters from Universal Pictures and Creature Double Feature rub elbows with Laotian Phi, Rakshasas, a ...more
Maria Mitchell
This book has a blend of sci-fi, horror and humor. Some standout poems were Laonomicon, The Robo Sutra, Digging for Corpse Oil and Wendigo Blues.
Walk-Minh Allen
To anyone starting to read Worra's newest collection of poetry, I'd like to give one big hint: Read "Appendix A: A Lao American Bestiary" toward the back of the book first. That way, you can familiarize yourself with the names and characteristics of the mythological beasts and creepy spirits who inhabit this book's poems. It should provide you with a clearer vantage point with which to navigate the labrynthine structure of his poetry.

However, and you'll see for yourself, although the poems are s
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Bryan Thao Worra is the first Laotian American writer to hold a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the award-winning author of several books including On The Other Side Of The Eye, BARROW, Winter Ink, Tanon Sai Jai, Touching Detonations, and The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs.

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