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You're Going to Miss Me When You're Bored
Poetry. The poems in YOU'RE GOING TO MISS ME WHEN YOU'RE BORED integrate the sublime and the mundane, the destined and the happenstance, the dire meaningfulness of the moment and the absurd lack of consequence in the infinity. In some, the trivial becomes transcendent and in others, the transcendent turns out to be a mirage. Justin Marks treats both moments with equity, qu ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Barrelhouse Books
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What strikes me most about YGTMMWYB is that, at certain times, our most basic elements swell into philosophy: “My hair getting / unwieldy in a world filled / with an abundance that approaches / formlessness.” But at just as many other times, the romance peters out: “Riding in a cab / up the West Side Highway, / a little tipsy, / the salt-water air / and boat fumes… / I get incredibly inspired, / but not for long." In fact, the latter moments feel like just what Marks calls them: “magnificent dec ...more
I think the cover makes it look a bit more relatable to all people than it truly is. There were some poems I didn't connect with at all, other poems I did; but most importantly, there were a few lines of genius. I appreciated the honesty of it. And there was that feeling as I was immersed in it; you know, that feeling when you are getting the art feeling of what the art is trying to make you feel feeling. Worth reading for sure. ...more
Marks expresses his interest in big questions through poems that veer happily from the big picture to small scale. I know that's vague, but all I can say is you should read him, and to me one of his main subjects is life in all its surprises and weirdness, sometimes with jokes, always with a sense of appreciation that is wilier than theology and smart enough to hang in the background of these poems, more powerful and distinctive for its subtlety. ...more
Justin Marks’ books are, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, (Barrelhouse Books, 2014) and A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009). His latest chapbook is We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, 2014). He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their twin son and daughter.