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The poems in Disappearing, Inc. interrogate our fragmented and relentless moment in American history, one that constantly breaks down the self in order to analyze and assign value to our constituent parts. Tackling everything from dying bees and a crumbling climate to technology, self-worth, and self-preservation, Disappearing, Inc. marks the arrival of an energetic, urgen ...more
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Published March 12th 2019 by Gold Wake Press
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Patricia Murphy
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I'm so taken, here, with the declarative sentences, and the relentlessness that mirrors our American life.

Some of my favorite moments:

For every new marriage, there is an equal and opposite divorce.

I am not alone in the brotherhood
of failing to be better.

Let us dress for ceremony and its scaffolding

A new poll suggest 100% of time
is wasted.

I am dressed as an ineffectual god.

Michael Bazzett
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“My hour with the therapist / is not practice for a stand-up career, I am told,” asserts this book in its opening pages. But humor is never far away in Brandon Amico’s Disappearing Inc. If Karl Marx had worked the Catskills, he might have sounded like this. The voice is ringing, relentless, droll and canny, and the poems crackle with energy as they joke and juke their way to exploring what it means to live a fully human life in the media-technogasm of 21st century capitalism. How might we live d ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
William Carlos Williams would not have said "It is difficult/to get the news from poems" if he'd been able to read this: these are poems that address our current political, economic, personal, and national challenges in ways surprising, inventive, poignant, and electric. Full of fantastic poems, I dog-eared too many to list here. But if you pick this up, and you SHOULD pick it up, even if you think you "don't like poetry", even if you think contemporary poetry doesn't speak to you, and at least ...more
Jennifer Pullen
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever, incisive and honest. A fantastic collection!
Ellie White
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection is haunting. The poems are well-crafted with a distinctive voice that seems both manic and deeply cynical. Amico does an excellent job of capturing the present moment in all its sensationalized, introverted, anxious glory.
Alyse Bensel
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These poems are both hilarious and dark, featuring speakers who deftly craft riddles that no one really wants to know the answer to: guns are ubiquitous, social media runs the show, and capitalism has the last laugh. But Amico's debut collection is more than its wit. The poems pull back the curtain behind American culture's obsession with carefully crafted persona and horrific tragedy by acknowledging the need to endure by, at the very least, attempting to heal the world. ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection is magic! Amico delves into the caverns of the mind, excavating the roots of our ever evolving dystopian society. Riddled with luminescent language and a fervent passion for the human spirit, Disappearing Inc. will expand your psyche into the beyond.
Courtney LeBlanc
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A collection of poems that focus on the current status of our world - student debt, the struggle to make it each day, the death of the planet, the drudge of paying rent each month.

from The Fear: "I am not alone in the brotherhood / of failing to be better; of owning / good intentions and being buried under / the interest they accrue."

from Self-Portrait With Oncoming Storm: "and this // is why I don't live father north, the roads thinner, colder the capillaries quicker to collapse in my fingerti
Josh Dale
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amico’s poetry is crafty, poignant, and snarky as one is taken down a strip mall of modern life, commodifying physically wealth and feelings along the way. Speculative and critical of society at times, yet fully grounded in a world that mimics ours so much. A must-read book of the ‘20s.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, funny & moving poetry collection that offers a nice sucker punch to capitalism. If Radiohead were a funny & moving poetry collection, this would be it.
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Brandon Amico is a writer whose debut collection of poems, DISAPPEARING, INC., was published in March 2019 from Gold Wake Press.

He is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow as well as the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Grant and the Hoepfner Literary Award for poetry, awarded by Southern Humanities Review. His poetry can be found now or soon in j

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