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Here the patient becomes surgeon, opening up his own flesh to peer within and show the spectators what lurks beneath the skin of our secret hearts. Here there is a constant risk of bleeding out in view of a myriad of onlookers. Here is the way of death and madness. In The Operating Theater, the only way to healing is through self-evisceration. (From the back cover.)
Paperback, 65 pages
Published September 2015 by Dynatox Ministries
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Janie C.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sonorous verses, mercurial in red and white, coax tears of saline and of damage. Life is bedlam and life is grief, but destiny holds no acrimony. "It really will be all right. It cannot be otherwise." Harrowing and beautiful.
Rodney
The hardest part of this little review will be finding the adjectives intense enough to describe how this collection of poetry made me feel. Personally, what I loved about it is how much passion was conveyed within the pages: vivid, honest, and gracefully done. I had intended to list favorites below, but realized that it is pointless to do so when about 80% of these were not only good, but good enough that my eyes were wide, in awe as they concluded. If any of what I have written describes somet ...more
John Smith
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The poems in The Operating Theater dissect with unflinching clarity what it means to be human; a human who feels too much. It’s a condition that constantly breaks down like-minded souls, yet we find a way to push through, rise above the waterline, gulp fresh air…before dipping back down into the depths of pain. These poems are raw, extremely visceral (“Holy Father Violation”), devastatingly heartbreaking (“The Right Time to Move On”), and even brutally fucked up, guilt-driven, no reason spared, ...more
Michael Adams
This is a haunting, chilling, frightening, heartbreaking collection of poetry. There are jarring confessionals, moments where you looking through the eyes of a serial killer, ruminations on sexual depravity which read like pages from the marquis de Sade's diary, and tender meditations on love and loss that blaze like a naked light bulb; unfiltered, unshaded. The collection itself is like that, though, there is nothing between you and narrator, you experience it all, the sweat, sex, blood, tears, ...more
Alex
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I received my copy of Christopher Ropes' The Operating Theater in the mail, and had time to savor the contents, it struck me that its appearance in the contemporary wasteland of disposable reading matter just might be on a par with the mysterious arrival of such works as "The Waste Land and Other Poems" or "Howl" in another era. Many scribblers of trivial verse operate today, whether following in the well-tramped footsteps of neoformalists or the drunken grandstanding of would-be Bukowksi's ...more
Donald Armfield
Lie down on the cot, freshly snapped into place by the poet. Open the curtains and become a spectator of the show known as "The Operating Theater."

Ropes has poetry in his veins, pulsating into description of; Murder, Occult, Loss Loved Ones and Rage. All penned into words that flows out of a slit wrist trickling down the index finger mixing with the ink to explain ones mind in such vivid passages. As the poet says it, "the only way to healing is through self-evisceration." and its folded into th
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