RILEY MICHAEL PARKER’S CHAPBOOK “BOYS”
is really fun to read. it uses a tonal device that is kind of like a discovery channel show, or something on the nature channel but “boys” are the subject, not animals. the language is usually, “some boys are like this…these boys can be seen…etc.” it’s like a typology of boys. i like the way it moves from funny things to serious observations. here is an example:
“some men hate women and only sleep with them to stop other men from having them.
some men do their best to destroy every relationship they come across.
a lot of these men eventually learn to play the guitar.”
i think another aspect i liked was that, even though it is using language that objectifies the topic, and makes each example so transparent, it also does things to complicate these ideas and then make them clearly about the narrator. the book looks really nice too and it only costs two dollars. email firstname.lastname@example.org