i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, Mira Gonzalez (Sorry House)
candid, solipsism, confessional, xxx, pop culture, alt lit
What makes this book of poetry succeed is its lack of filter and complete candor. The poems in this book are incredibly self-aware, but also crafty in the way they echo out like friends-only Livejournal entries — the great pleasure of being told a confession — a secret whispered in your ear. What is “Alt Lit”? What is “New Sincerity”? Is there a checkbox of sans-serif design choices, long titles, and pop cultural references that make something a thing or not a thing? I don’t know. But I know this: this work is good. It is engrossing, brutally honest, anxious, and something I would recommend to those who do not usually read contemporary poetry.