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Mike’s Great Stuff

AmericanMental, Luchador Press, 2020 

Here is a poet making known the complaints that bounce around unexpressed inside our own heads, a kind of Larry David with line breaks. In a rare upbeat moment, he writes, "of course there's people/being born but" And it's in that but that the Jurkovic vision resides. In his universe, something's gone missing, the wife controls the Ambien, and Dylan was wrong.

Still, there's a bit of that Nobel Laureate running throughout American Mental, a kind of sub-Canadian worldsick blues, that propels the reader with great velocity, and wordplay, and original insight through its pages.

Tim Tomlinson is the author of Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poems), and This Is Not Happening to You (stories). He is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and teaches in New York University's Global Liberal Studies.

https://www.amazon.com/AmericanMental-Mike-Jurkovic/dp/1952411157

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Calling All Poets Series is a monthly poetry/writing reading series, featuring poets from the Hudson Valley and beyond.
AmericanMental available late June
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Tuesday, 16 August 2022