Review: The Gorelets Omnibus: Collected Poems 2001-2011 by Michael A. Arnzen

If you have even the slightest interest in horror poetry, this is a highly recommended book. If you have even the slightest interest in writing horror poetry, this is mandatory reading.

Originally conceived as a literary experiment to create short, media-compatible poetry for then-prevalent handheld technology, Michael Arnzen’s Gorelets has mutated and evolved in the decade since their introduction. Yet at their heart they’ve remained unchanged–brief, vivid poems written with skill, verve, and perverse humor. THE GORELETS OMNIBUS collects nearly everything Arnzen’s written under the Gorelets banner, and it’s a must-have for the dark-verse aficianado.

The hardcover edition contains bonus material (including the razor-sharp Martha Stewart parody “Michael Arnznen’s Dying,” one of the author’s lesser-known classics), a handful of critical pieces analyzing Arnzen’s work, and a compact poetry workshop with how-to articles and creative prompts. These nuts-and-bolts articles are a great resource for those looking to hone their craft, and more than justify the hardcover price.

Whichever edition you choose, you’ll be rewarded with a wealth of strange, satirical, and clever poetry that packs an incredible amount of detail and power in their short line counts. A safe bet for the year’s best horror poetry collection.

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