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Glitter Bomb: Poems
"The poems in Glitter Bomb pull no punches: irreverent, devastating, even nasty at times, they capture the present moment in all its absurdity and hyper-reality. 'Lampwise by altarlight' (pace Dylan Thomas), Aaron Belz keep his eye on the object: often hilarious, he is also wise." -Marjorie Perloff
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Persea
(first published February 5th 2014)
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Aaron Belz is the kind of poet who makes you want to have real-life friends who are poets. One minute he's arguing (in circles) with a Buddhist, and the next he's launching into a glossolalia-infused palindrome. But some of his best poems are the shortest ones: "The acronym / we're going to use / for Tuberculosis Day / is TBD."
I like Aaron Belz even if I'm not always sure Aaron Belz likes Aaron Belz. He is funny without being satisfied with being funny. He is mopey but probably wouldn't admit that to a shrink. He is clever but wants more than that to be profound, which he is as well but I don't think he thinks he is profound ENOUGH. Maybe he's not good at being satisfied, or as a poet he is not good at writing about satisfaction, or he finds satisfaction to be a boring subject. Mostly, Aaron Belz is aware. You will ha ...more
Perhaps one surprising thing about this collection is that Belz subtitled it POEMS when I thought I was literally reading a bomb of glitter. Delightful but more confusing than LOVELY, RASPBERRY. Is that a problem? I'm not sure - standards are tricky things.
Most of what I have to say about Aaron’s poetry is positive, though it may sound a little harsh. I won’t be quick to say that it’s good art, or even good poetry. But he does what he tries to do well. He strips traditional poetry from its embellished pedestal of flowers and skies and over-thinkers, and creates a clean slate. He takes clichés and cultural references and twists and bends them so that we second-guess ourselves. It’s funny, it’s disturbing, it’s great. That’s just the thing. His clea ...more
I picked this up at AWP after I heard Aaron Belz read. First, he is hilarious. He has perhaps the driest sense of humor. Ever. Many of the poems are laugh out loud funny. Some are just weird. But overall, I recommend it. If you like the funny.
I felt bombed with glitter after this very funny and sometimes moving set of unusual poems. Seriously funny, and just delightful... like all his other books. If you are looking for the somber, downcast, and often simply therapeutic poetry that dominates the business nowadays, look elsewehere. If you want some fun out of life, try this one...
Belz’s most recent effort is a carnival of bemusement. One feels as if they’re in the presence of some bland prophet, revealing to us (again) truths we’ve already grown tiered of. Belz sets his sights on grand themes and comes up just short enough to be unremarkable. Who is Belz writing this for? Surely not his readership, however limited they may be. In his better poems, Belz is nipping at the heels of mediocrity. If you’re looking for profundity, you would do well to lower your expectations. B ...more
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