by Joyelle McSweeney on Mar.13, 2012
I’ve written a review of Jon Leon’s new Future Poem Book, “Malady of the Century,” for the FuturePost blog, here. This book is really enjoyable in a drinking-gin-in-the-afternoon kinda way. Here’s a quote to get you interested.
“Reading Jon Leon is a bit like being in that slick bathroom, loving life. The double mirror gives us not a mise-en-abyme of abstraction or obscurity but of flatness , availability, the self-presence of the present tense itself. Like a model in certain magazines, the present-tense will always turn its face or ass to us. Some may read these poems as critiques of consumer culture, media culture, a culture continually getting high off the laminate on fashion magazine pages or in our new cars, or in the masks we put on before assisting others. But I don’t feel critique in these poems.”
Please read the review! And, if you’ve read this book, please comment below!