Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Schwartz on Gramlich

Spec House author Greg Schwartz (who has a new broadside out by the way, scroll down) has written a review of Charles Gramlich's Wanting the Mouth of a Lover. I thought I'd pass it along here...

Review: Wanting the Mouth of a Lover by Charles Gramlich
Wanting the Mouth of a Lover is a chapbook of 23 dark haiku by Charles Gramlich, a name well-known by the many fans of his Talera novels. The poems in this collection tend toward the vampirific (if that's a word), but there are some other just plain creepy ones, like this little gem:


Gramlich seems quite at ease writing haiku. Each poem is given its own page, which might anger tree-huggers, but I happen to think it's the best way to present haiku. They are also written in the vertical Japanese style, which you don't see very much of these days. I can only think of one other poet who uses that style consistently.

The chapbook was originally available in a regular and deluxe edition, but the deluxe edition (which came signed, hand-numbered, and hand-stitched) sold out within a week. The regular edition is still available, and it contains an introduction by the author that touches on both the poems in the book and the haiku form itself.


Gramlich is a skilled speculative poet. His poems have appeared in Dreams & Nightmares and The Shantytown Anomaly, among other magazines, but Wanting the Mouth of a Lover is his first collection of poetry. Hopefully there will be more.

Copies are available from Spec House of Poetry for $5 plus shipping.

Reviewed by Greg Schwartz on his Haiku & Horror blog.


Anonymous said...

Wanting the Mouth of a Lover by Charles Gramlich is a very nice haiku book. Infact, it brings to the fore the real essence of haiku.
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Charles Gramlich said...

I really appreciated Greg's review. I'm glad he got what I was trying to do.

Gururaj, I really appreciate your compliment. Much thanks!

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Miladysa said...

"Wanting the Mouth of a Lover"

What a title!

I admit that I am not a great fan of haiku although I do enjoy the ones written by Charles - perhaps because his are darker than average.

The vertical style certainly appeals more to the workings of my brain. I was surprised to know this is they way they were originally written - makes sense to me :D