Review: The Troublesome Amputee by John Edward Lawson

(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

With THE TROUBLESOME AMPUTEE John Edward Lawson uses the theme of limb removal as a starting point in this rich, resonant collection of verse. Armed with bracingly dark imagery and an unflinching eye, Lawson wields his words like a blade, offering an array of bizarre scenarios rooted in post-millenial decay.

From werewolf limericks to the gross-out epic “Will Work For Food” (which kicks off with zombie tongues in toilets and proceeds to up the sickening ante), the biting satire of “Allahpolooza” to the poignancy of “Grandfather’s Death Mask,” Lawson displays an impressive versatility and level of craft, giving most of the poems here a depth that invites a second (or third) reading to truly appreciate.

A solid collection of dark poetry well worth perusing.

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