Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. As Jared White points out in his introduction to The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather
, "We live in an era when a book of poems is often a 50-80 page manuscript bound with a thin mustache of a spine." The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather
seeks to "upend this orthodoxy."
Distinct but kindred, these books are like four ecologically diverse quadrants of one realm, in a Disneyworld of poetry's possibilities. The poems themselves are invested in the purity of experiences and the varieties of contemporary language — news reports, video games, WWF wrestling, Mike Tyson. These poems are, as White puts it, "a phantasmagoria worthy of Arthur Rimbaud but a 'Rimbaud chugging Robotussin®.'"
The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather is no less than this: a book of books about the lonely yearning to be transformed by poetry, and through poetry, transform the world.
The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather are King of the Forest, La La La, The Waters, and Self Help Poems.
About the Author
Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with the escape artist Paige Taggart.