Poetry. The color, noise, and often cryptic images of classic video games set the prose poems in B.J. Best's BUT OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE in motion, but the poems soar far beyond their nostalgic springboards. And while Mario, Pac-Man, and pioneer families forsaken on The Oregon Trail populate these pixelated landscapes, this book translates the games and plays them in the real world, so an Asteroid becomes just one more star shot with lost love, Space Invaders might have communist sympathies, and God is just as bad at Tetris as the rest of us. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, the book's levels explore how our past virtual lives can inform our present actual ones. A coming-of-age narrative turned love story turned philosophical journey, BUT OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE deftly combines two mediums into vivid poems as lyrical as they are imaginative.
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B.J. Best is the author of three books of poetry: BUT OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE (Rose Metal Press, 2013), Birds of Wisconsin (New Rivers Press, 2010) and STATE SONNETS (sunnyoutside, 2009). He is also the author of three chapbooks from Centennial Press, most recently the prose poem collection Drag: Twenty Short Poems About Smoking. He teaches at Carroll University and lives in the Wisconsin countryside with one wife, one son, three cats, and nine video game systems. He asserts he is the only person in the history of the world to have beaten Super Mario Bros.—with an actual Nintendo and television—on a pontoon boat.Author City: WEST BEND, WI USA