Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Great Feels and Sexual Astral Projections: A Review of Witch Hunt
I’m always reluctant to pay for poetry. When I do, I usually go for authors I already know from narrative fiction.
I had never read anything from Juliet Escoria though.
I bought her new poetry collection Witch Hunt because I’m a fan of the book’s publisher Lazy Fascist. I bought it because I liked the title.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about poetry, but I really enjoyed Witch Hunt. Juliet Escoria’s writing is many things in this book: dark, humorous, bleak, sarcastic, lewd, satirical.
The poems—divided into chapters—are a mix of free-verse and narrative style. Some are more like stories (yes, complete with paragraphs and punctuation!), others defy all conventions of structure and form. Escoria even fucks around with font-sizes and poetic images (e.g. a scan of a gas station receipt), which is all really unusual and fun.
And the titles of the poems are generally a good time in their own right. They include: “CASUAL MISANDRY,” “TOP 10 GREATEST FEELS,” “HAIKUS FOR HORSE HATERS,” and “ASTRAL PROJECT MY PUSSY” among many other notables.
I found myself moving between moments of depressive introspection and laughter while reading Witch Hunt. Escoria’s poems come off as deeply personal for the most part, but she touches on many universal topics and themes: life regrets (or lack thereof); awkward sex; strained relationships; meth; etc.
Real People should have no problem connecting with Escoria’s writing on some level.
So yeah, I definitely recommend Witch Hunt. The book is a fantastic balance of dreadful angst and irreverent, biting humor.
I especially recommend it to fans of Melissa Broder and Sam Pink. I recommend it to people who don't normally buy poetry.