Twoism by Ali Blythe

I first ran across Ali Blythe at the VerseFest in Ottawa early in 2017, where he read as part of the 30 Under 30 launch hosted by In/Words. It’s hard not to be hooked by the honesty of these poems, by their simultaneous earthiness and sterility. It feels like being in a forest; it feels like being in a hospital; it feels like being alone with yourself in your cold apartment on a Friday night and being unable to move from the couch and wishing you could go to bed at 6 p.m. I photocopied half-a-dozen poems out of this book and mailed them to my friends, because sometimes that’s what you have to do with poems.

 

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