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DEAR ROBERT by Lysette Simmons

DEAR ROBERT is the winner of Mad Hatters' Review 2011 Wild and Wyrd Poetry Chapbook Contest, judged by C.A. Conrad.

Lysette Simmons is from California, where she studied Creative Writing and Music History at UCLA. She has studied with Ben Lerner, Anselm Berrigan and Marjorie Welish at Brooklyn College, where she recently earned her MFA in poetry.

C.A. Conrad, the judge of the MadHat Press 2011 Wild and Wyrd Poetry Chapbook Contest and author of Deviant Propulsion, described DEAR ROBERT:

DEAR ROBERT stole my heart!! Lysette Simmons is one of my new favorite poets, and I can't wait to see what she writes for us next!! Carol Novack died before the release of this book, sadly, so we hold these poems up in her memory of generosity!!”

And Brian Kim Stefans, author of Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics and Before Starting Over: Selected Writings and Interviews 1994-2005 said:

"DEAR ROBERT combines sonic invention and metafictional whimsy with the wit of a stand-up. ‘But with well trimmed / hair, so much / inaction, how could you always / rattle my shoulders?’ Teetering within a welter of voices—at one point flirtatious, the next melancholic, the next blandly epistolary or convulsively Surreal—the poems tell a story best described as addresses to the Unknown, appeals for certainty from a damsel haplessly ‘in flux.’ These are no ordinary ‘all-over’ collage poems in the line of Ashbery or Berrigan but a full-blown experience in a spectral, stochastic poetics reflecting a singular intelligence.”

by Lysette Simmons
$7.95, paperback, 38pp
ISBN-13:  978-0-9885490-5-0


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