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Purgatory is one stop past The Twilight Zone, a constricting landscape where the threads of daily life tighten around you. If "Hell is other people", then Purgatory is where you must sort through the baggage of your own life while trapped in a one-man submarine. These prose poems present a landscape where nothing is quite right, where the details conspire in irritation.

Paperback, 30 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Black Lawrence Press (first published January 10th 2012)
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Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No way out

Apparently inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre's `No Exit', Amelia Martens is a poet new to most of us though she has garnered her share of awards and grants. Her poetry, in reality prose poetry, that she shares in this short but pungent book entitled PURGATORY is disturbing - but disturbing in that positive sort of way, acting as a signpost to each of us to look around at memories while they are being formed instead of depending on the alterations of time and outside influences that may scar
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Shelves: poetry
Ever read a chapbook of poems that ends in a cliff hanger? Neither did I until I read PURGATORY by Amelia Martens.

Here, in a world full of magic realism, terror and beauty take hold and transport the reader into a surreal world where heaven and hell meet.

My favorite poems, "All the people wear Easter dresses," "There are almost seven billion people in closets lining the hallway," and "You are in the lobby being paged to a white courtesy phone by a female voice obscured by a broken speaker," are
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