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Mutant Neuron Codex Swarm by Juliet Cook
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it was amazing

Mutant Neuron Codex Swarm is a deliciously dismembered chapbook of collaborative poetry by Juliet Cook and Robert Cole. The poems are dark in nature; body parts, dismemberment, and pain abound throughout the collection, creating a feeling of sinister sexuality, submission, and mutation. The physical and psychological torture often result in some brutal revelation of truth.

Though not a collection for the faint of heart, there is much beauty to be found in these painful poems. The gorgeously grotesque imagery and musicality of lines like “Twisted doll head inside blood drenched meringue.” and “The dead skin moss slumped then slithered; spread our limbs apart/ then bred them into new chrysalis.” is undeniable.

The collaboration between Cook and Cole feels seamless. It is difficult to tell where one poet begins and the other ends in this dramatic collection. Those who have an affinity for the dark side of love and life are in for a real treat. Be careful, it is sweet, but it’s also poisonous.
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January 21, 2015 – Shelved
January 21, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
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