Poetry. "Larry Mallory's Ned Collection is a TED Talk delivered by Descartes, while being heckled by Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin. Ned is a forensic detective following the trail of what's been left out, what's beneath and outside of. The poems stand on their head to point at or not point at the secrets behind the secrets. Human foibles get a wry tongue-lashing and a pat on the back. In one piece, Ned admits he's a 'smart ass.' Yes, his poetry inspires you to look at the world with one raised eyebrow. Buckle up, a load of surprising words, images and inconclusive observations are coming your way!"—Madeline Artenberg
"As a devotee of Kant, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard, Lawrence Mallory not only views humanity through a bemused philosophical prism but his vision is alive to what is comic in our foibles, misadventures, and in our tragedies. The poet is quizzical but never judgmental; he observes the mud wrestling-like chaos of the late 20th century and aims to make sense of senselessness. My mother-in-law wants to know: what it means./Krapp's Last Tape./Is Krapp going to die?/Is there a disease?/Is he getting ready to kill himself?/I suggest the meaning is/there is no meaning. What if sense is nonsense? Without pretense or affectation, the poet asks whether all that is beautifully idiosyncratic in us is helpless before the ravenous forces of consumerism and surveillance. It is in the answering of almost unanswerable questions where the greatness of Mallory's poetry lies. This only begins to scratch the surface of what makes NED DISCUSSES BECKETT IN KEY WEST: THE COMPLETE POEMS OF LAWRENCE MALLORY, a marvel. These poems are pleasurable in their sardonic darkness; they are made for the 21st century".—Stephanie Dickinson
Lawrence Mallory's Ned the Monster was published in 1997 and Some City of Their Desire was published in 2000, both by Linear Arts Press. Retired from Hudson Pier Poets' workshop (co-founder), The Unnamable Poetry Reading (former host) and the New York Quarterly (editorial staff), his poems have appeared in The Astrophysicist's Tango Partner Speaks, Medicinal Purposes, New York Quarterly, The Potomac Review, Salonika, and Split Verse.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA