Poetry WTF?! #2 Presents Howie Good and Dale Wisely
Poems by Howie Good, Illustrations by Dale Wisely
Editor – Maartens Lourens
Published January 2017 by Sampson Low
A6 Size, 16 printed pages, Color, Limited print run of 100
Rather wonderfully,... this pamphlet’s authors are named Good and Wisely. They must have sensed a need to work together! And work together they do: the whole thing is rather like a pleasing CD sleeve (do CDs have sleeves?). The words and images sit well together and the poems – which are actually compiled from titles of films and artworks (details provided in ‘Credits’ at the back) – to me, resemble song lyrics. I’m reminded of Bowie, cutting up and collaging lines. That seems to be what’s happened here: ‘orange sunshine, silent holy stones / making sense of nonsense’ (‘Love and Carnage’).
The pictures are annotated with words that also appear in the poems: ‘use bombs wisely’, ‘network of stoppages’, ‘sad young man’. Each is linked by a line to a part in the picture – like an authoritative ‘fig.’ in a textbook. I buy it. Also love the style of the pictures and accompanying texts: a slight smudging effect makes them radiate and draw me in. Perhaps my favourite is ‘the gods are wringing / their great worn hands’, which looks like a flower or insect, framed by a kind of dial. I’m not sure what it means, but it has a ‘pop’ authority that’s aesthetically reassuring.
--Charlotte Gann, Sphinx: Poetry Pamphlet Reviews & Features
Poetry WTF?1 #2: Poems by Howie Good, Illustrations by Dale Wisely
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