Everything is Loose

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Everything is Loose

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By Karl McComas-Reichl

These poems are beautiful and strange and very hard to describe.  McComas-Reichl is not necessarily writing about this world, but it all seems familiar.  His poetry is shockingly fresh, sometimes tender, sometimes funny, but always unexpected. Here is a list of our attempts to describe the book which we ultimately rejected but are going to list here anyway:

-grounded in uncertainty
-part magic realism, part vegan adventure story
-Gene Hackman meets Q-Tip... finally!
-Everything is Loose is loose.
-post-poetry or super-poetry?

Here is an excerpt from Everything is Loose:

               IX

Moving to California in the
middle of the night with no
stuff. Trying to find our new
house based on the salvia plant
that is supposed to be grow-
ing in the front yard. We end
up finding Danielle Wheeler’s
house towards the dawn side. 
It has a small small small
fenced-in yard with bleached
grass. She is loading her three
horses and thirty or so ducks
into a U-haul for the night. I
help her close the back door
and lock it; this seems natu-
ral. She hugs us both for a
long time and I think that per-
haps I should tell her that one
of our horses has fallen off
the mountain.

Karl McComas-Reichl is also an accomplished musician, and you can learn more about him here.

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