Reviews of Non-existent Titles by Pearl Pirie

Reviews of Non-existent Titles by Pearl Pirie

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In her own words: Pearl Pirie is the author of 3 trade collections, most recently the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) and a dozen chapbooks. www.pearlpirie.com

Reviews of Non-existent Titles is a bitingly funny and thoughtful collection of book reviews of books that, well, don't exist. While the books may not be real, Pirie's commentary beautifully and painfully captures the dichotomy that surfaces when critically examining poetry - especially the kind that makes a reader cringe.

These are the kinds of reviews reviewers wish they could get away with. Likely respite from Pirie's pet project on pagehalffull.com which she began earlier this year: "95 books" - the social media game of reading 95 books in a given year.

With nauseatingly creative titles such as "Tears of Hope: A Poetry Collection" and cutesy press names like "Schooner the Better Papers" Pirie pokes fun at the navel gazing, narcissistic (oblivious?) introversion that shines through the kind of poetry we all love to hate.

"In a nod to Bunting, ' Reflux of what can't be mended, / a Peptobismol for easy grifs". Generally skilled use of rhythm and metaphor to express bitterness at book length. There may be profanity, but there is no punctuation. Prevalent pronoun (rare): It. Written by the winner of several important awards."

Printed in a run of 50 unnumbered copies. Hand-stitched with red thread.

Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

ISBN: 978-0-9949062-1-2
In her own words: Pearl Pirie is the author of 3 trade collections, most recently the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015) and a dozen chapbooks. www.pearlpirie.com

Reviews of Non-existent Titles is a bitingly funny and thoughtful collection of book reviews of books that, well, don't exist. While the books may not be real, Pirie's commentary beautifully and painfully captures the dichotomy that surfaces when critically examining poetry - especially the kind that makes a reader cringe.

These are the kinds of reviews reviewers wish they could get away with. Likely respite from Pirie's pet project on pagehalffull.com which she began earlier this year: "95 books" - the social media game of reading 95 books in a given year.

With nauseatingly creative titles such as "Tears of Hope: A Poetry Collection" and cutesy press names like "Schooner the Better Papers" Pirie pokes fun at the navel gazing, narcissistic (oblivious?) introversion that shines through the kind of poetry we all love to hate.

"In a nod to Bunting, ' Reflux of what can't be mended, / a Peptobismol for easy grifs". Generally skilled use of rhythm and metaphor to express bitterness at book length. There may be profanity, but there is no punctuation. Prevalent pronoun (rare): It. Written by the winner of several important awards."

Printed in a run of 50 unnumbered copies. Hand-stitched with red thread.

Size: 5.5" x 8.5"

ISBN: 978-0-9949062-1-2

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