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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A rally cry for the healing power of wonder and the disarming catharsis of grief, The Garage? Just Torch It. balances themes of belonging, love, politics, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and an intense playfulness. Paced as if the reader is moving through the belly of a burning building, each turn of the page represents the uncovering of the long-hidd ...more
Paperback, 70 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Vine Leaves Press
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Katie Carson
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a review copy of The Garage? Just Torch It by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Garage? Just Torch It is a collection of poetry separated into four parts that tackle some pretty heavy topics. The poems have vivid imagery and beautiful use of language that had me pausing to roll the word combinations around on my tongue. This is not poetry that spells out things for you, rather, it speaks in the spaces between lines and paints images out of smoke. Read too fast and the
ZaraS  *book reviewer
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: archive-2017
I don’t read much poetry as a rule but when I do I’m a bit of a traditionalist in that I like to see the poem rhyme and have rhythm. I have read free-hand poetry before (as well as written it) but it needs to still flow in order to make sense of what’s being said. Debelis’s collection of ‘poems’ unfortunately missed the mark for me as they read more like pieces of prose rather than poetry. I didn’t like or understand this book which disappointed me. I was really wanting to challenge myself with ...more
Devon H
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m not typically a fan of poetry , but Debilis’s work was moving. His writing is easy to read, jumping around lyrically. He writes of grief and so much more, in a way that is totally personal yet relatable. I was skeptical, when I first heard of the book, and even more so when I learned it was poetry, but I was not displeased. In fact, I would say I was pleasantly surprised that the author was able to write such a compelling collection of poetry that were all both inter-related and standalone s ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-by-men, poetry
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for review. The author is a classmate of mine.

I came to this book, Debelis' first major collection, with enthusiasm. Already a fan of his spoken word poetry performances, I was intrigued to encounter Debelis' words on the page.

This collection is vibrant and varied, including poems inspired by his time as a hospital chaplain and chapters of his own life. I found that the author's free association style invited me to read closely and revisit poems t
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I should preface by saying that I probably don't read enough poetry.

In other words, this collection was not an easy read, at least for me. Debelis' style floats between different rhythms and lyricisms, but never strays from a unified and conscientious voice, one whose tone spans years in maturity or learnedness beyond what might be expected of a young writer as him.

Though it took until maybe the third section for me to really piece together a sort of narrative structure of the poems, I consist
Janine M.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I have being writing and reading poetry since I was about 8 years old. One thing I know for sure is that really good poetry is best read out loud. Such is true of Dylan Debelis's new book, "The Garage? Just Torch It." It is the kind of poetry that needs to be read aloud in the air, even if you are just alone with yourself. Dylan uses language in a very evocative way. He bruises us. He grabs us by the heart and squeezes the breath out of us with images of love and pain and fire. His poetry comes
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know much about poetry, but I had heard Dylan Debelis perform his poems on several occasions, and I had heard him preach about the experience of being a hospital chaplain, and I wanted to see how these things came together.

I was not disappointed. It is a vivid, poignant, difficult collection, about the parts of life we would rather not see, the heartbreaks we would rather forget, and the beauty of New York City in all its moods and weather. Debelis has a way with imagery; in just a few w
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I began earmarking poems I particularly loved as I read this book. The further I got into it, the more pages I was bending over. The poems seem to get more and more personal, and yet somehow more universal and accessible as the book moves forward. The section "Smoldering" was, for me, particularly moving. Thank you to the author and publisher for making this special little book!
Jan 10, 2017 added it
Dylan's poetry will grab you by the heart. His work is poignant and reflective while also vivid. It's as if you are living the poem with him as the words unfold. The pieces in the book are, of course, poems and yet, they have the tone of memoir and the inspiration to show up fully to your life and live it loudly.
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Dylan D. Debelis is a founding editor of Pelorus Press, publisher, poet, and performer based out of New York City. He is a Unitarian Universalist minister and serves as a hospital chaplain for a burn Intensive Care Unit. Dylan has been published in a diversity of influential Literary Magazines and Reviews including Prairie Schooner, [TAB] Literary Review, and The Timberline Review. He is the autho ...more

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