December 6th, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Reading Comics: Chad Parmenter’s Poetics

Finishing Line Press, 2011

Bat & Man:  A Sonnet Comic Book is a chapbook of sonnets about Batman.  They’re persona poems spoken in dialogue, between Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne, with the driving narrative that she has woken him up from a nightmare, and he describes it to her, sonnet by sonnet.  Each one adds to what you might recognize as the ritual activity of most Batman comics and other media:  retracing what led Bruce Wayne to become Batman, revising that story in the process.  This revision is part Citizen Kane and part Yeats, with a kind of comic-gothic inflection to the whole thing that might be what Stephen Burt calls Lowellian, in his essay, “Poems About Superheroes.”

Available Now for preorder from Finishing Line Press


  1. Chad Parmenter « Rose O'Neill Literary House

      […] When he came to the Lit House those many years ago he came to share with us his poetry, Batman poetry. No that is not a typo and yes it was fantastic. Rather than talk about his poetry I’ll let you explore his blog, here, and learn about his new publication from Finishing Line Press titled Bat & Man: A Sonnet Comic Book. […]

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  11. Jeremy Bauer

      Thanks for the Stephen Burt essay! Great stuff.

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      […] D. Dietrich’s “Gotham Wanes,” Chad Parmenter‘s Bat & Man: A Sonnet Comic Book, and Stephen Burt’s essay “Poems about Superheroes.” Samples of […]