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Considered one of the leading genre/speculative poets for more than a quarter-century, Bruce Boston has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers Award, the Rhysling Award, and the first Grandmaster Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Dark Roads collects the best of his long dark poems from more than forty years of publishing. Strikingly illustrated by acclaimed artist M.Wayne Miller, these poems range from direct narratives to surreal explorations of time, memory, obsession and transformation. Includes two Rhysling Winners and three Rhysling Finalists.
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Gotchic Readers Choice Award, Bram Stoker Award Finalist, Elgin Award FinalistHere are some quotes from what is probably the most curious review I've received so far on Dark Roads. It contends that this is not a poetry collection: "Of course Bruce Boston is brilliant. One cannot read his poems and fail to understand this...Boston's imagery is strong and complicated. His stories stretch the imagination and challenge your reading skills. Note that I said stories. Boston's 'poetry' is a collision of the lyrical, the poetic, poetic prose and storytelling.... I wonder if poetry is the right definition for Boston's work. Maybe we need to coin a new term... Poetic story? Lyrical Storytelling? Why not? I think that to call what Bruce Boston creates for us 'poetry' or even 'speculative poetry' is to misunderstand the work..." Clayton Bye, The Deepening. It still seems like poetry to me. But then again, perhaps Norm Rubenstein, in his review of Dark Roads for Horror World, is saying something akin to Bye's contention: "This is writing that will resonate and which you, as a reader, will want to savor. It is one of the most thought provoking and yet intensely engrossing books I've read this year and I cannot recommend it too highly. Even if you think you hate poetry--perhaps especially if you think you hate poetry--you owe it to yourself to read Dark Roads, as it will alter your perception of poetry forever."From the Back Cover:
"... a bracing and graceful alloy of intelligence, velocity, and feeling. Once again, Boston shows that theme and superbly crafted language have no barriers when fueled by the ambitious imagination of a powerful and essential poet." Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace
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Book Description Dark Renaissance Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. M. Wayne Miller (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1937128903