kenneth m cale
Greater Vegas Bleeds into the Dreams of my Cryogenic Slumber
steel incisors, 2022
Paperback, 38 pgs.
Greater Vegas Bleeds into the Dreams of my Cryogenic Slumber (steel incisors, 2022) is an outstanding title that lives up to its name. Part dreamscape, part landscape, kenneth m cale’s slim paperback is full of different visual, concrete, and free verse poems that blend like a sandwich with all the poetic fixings.
The “landscape(s)” of the book are “through the shaft of The Strip” covered in “rain slats.” There are also references to the market gains and the as well as “murmurs of dissent” that echo through the pages. The dreamscape is the smoke and blood crusted alleyways of the mind accompanied by “braying” animals take the reader on a thrilling tour of “greenzones” and “portents” that make one think that they are living the nightlife without having to travel to Las Vegas.
The different images are blends of what appear to be encryption code meets collage. Many of the pages are tinged with sultry legs or lips, partially hidden faces that make one believe that they are among the forgotten eye candy that walk the streets at night.
There is a lot happening in cale’s book, and it is a lot to sum up in thirty-eight pages, but it is done with gusto.
Samuel Strathman is a poet, visual artist, author, and custodian. His poetry has appeared in Cobra Milk, Bullshit Lit Mag, and Pinhole Poetry. His debut poetry collection, “Omnishambles” is forthcoming with Ice Floe Press (2022).
For more on poet/author Kenneth M Cale check out this interview here http://poetryminiinterviews.blogspot.com/2022/02/kenneth-m-cale-part-one.html?sm_au=iVVsqVWPtFNFH75VHtJqHK0qJ6jF1
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