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#TherewasHistrionicLaughterattheClownsCadaver by #NAlexsanderSidirov

By Pamelascott

N. Alexsander Sidirov is without a doubt an original. Oscillating between lyrical poetry, dramatic, confessional, and abstract the only thing that seems consistent is the amount of surprise experienced every page. Calling this book, a modern poetry collection feels like somewhat of a misnomer considering the novel and avant-garde imagery, its ominous and often omnipresent eye, and ultimately the transcendental climax that is difficult to compare to other works in the genre. Each poem in this book has a specific place along an emotional odyssey that blisters with novelty and an almost lynchian flare for the surreal and absurd. This is the matter that dreams are made of...

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(Independently Published, 13 November 2020, 195 pages, ebook, copy from the poet via # NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)

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This poetry collection has left me quite torn. I'm not quite sure what to do with it. There is much I enjoyed and much that leaves me shaking my head in confusion. I'm not a huge fan of experimental poetry. I've read some great stuff and some stuff that falls on its face, so I tend to view such poetry with suspicion. But I really liked the title, the blurb and the cover image so I kept reading on, skimming the stuff that didn't work for me (several pages with random symbols is one example) and savoured the poems that did work for me. I think I lost a lot of the point by reading from a kindle as some of the text ran together as it can do with NetGalley books so I'm not sure if the formatting was intentional or not. I would recommended reading a physical copy to connect more with the work. It was a mix of too many things for me to fully enjoy.

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