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New Release – Chimeric Machines

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 25, 2009

cmChimeric Machines

Author: Lucy A. Snyder

Publisher: Creative Guy Publishing

Release Date: April 14th, 2009

ISBN-10: 189495355X
ISBN-13: 978-1894953559

Author Website

This collection offers three dozen poems to delight readers who enjoy sly wordplay and subtle allusion, high intelligence and fierce heart.

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Tom Piccirilli

Part I: Technica

“And There in the Machine, Virginia Finally Stood Up”
“Tech Support”
“The Fish and the Bicycle”

Part II: Quiet Places

“After the Funeral”
“Mute Birth”
“Home For The Holidays”
“Worm and Memory”

Part III: Dark Dreams

“Babel’s Children ”
“Beggars’ Night” (written with Gary A. Braunbeck)
“The Monster Between The Sparks”

Part IV: Crete, Kentucky

“Passie Fay’s Lament”
“Terror White”
“Cissy Cocalus”
“Ari, Pushing Forty”

Part V: Daughters of Typhon

“Internal Combustion”
“At The Rec Center”
“Infinite Loop: Girl With Black Eye”

Part VI: Strange Corners

“Uncanny Valley Girl”
“Dime Novel”
“Squidliquor ”
“Sofa Nervosa”

Part VII: Unshelled Evolution

“Book Smarts”
“Searching For Signs of Life In the Bottom of a Cup of Cold Coffee”
“A Boy’s Guide to Neoteny”
“Permian Basin Blues”
“Photograph of a Lady, Circa 1890”

Whispers about Chimeric Machines

“Snyder’s work is complex yet grounded. You can read it on several levels and it’ll work on each and every one. It’s lyrical but rooted in authenticity and validity. There’s truth here, and tackling the truth is the highest calling of any poet…She’s been through the trenches; she knows the way the world comes down. You can feel it in the work. You’re not just looking at words in a book, you’re regarding a life that’s been opened up and splashed down on the page. This lady is not only courageous, she’s fearless. We need more like her to give us that grand plucking of the guts.” – Tom Piccirilli, author of The Midnight Road and Waiting My Turn to Go Under the Knife, from his introduction

“There is nothing illusory or mechanical about these poems. They take us on a marvelously eclectic journey, with a cast that includes a black hole voicing its thoughts and a dead man coming ‘Home For the Holidays.’ Read and be dazzled.” – Christopher Conlon, author of Mary Falls: Requiem for Mrs. Surratt and Midnight on Mourn Street


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