Poetry. California Interest. Music. Toy Fabels is Cass McCombs' debut poetry collection. Reading Toy Fabels feels like traveling through McCombs' singular itinerant experiences—high and low voices merge, as childhood and adulthood, the east and west coasts, paganism and religion, twist into each other. A central theme is memory, especially a sort of half-remembered, half-obscured—but never idealized—landscape of Northern California. This remembered landscape is always in flux, shaping McCombs' poetic language. Within this unique place, Toy Fabels features a number of unnamed narrators—from delinquent graffiti artists telling absurdist tales, to Marquis de Sade's shadow and echo, to a disembodied voice that provides the mythic grounding for the collection. Illustrated by McCombs, Toy Fabels' brilliance lies in its embrace of the inexplicable and the ephemeral.
"McCombs' first collection is an exciting sidebar in what continues to be an absorbing and uncompromising artistic career. Toy Fabels is certainly rooted in sub-culture and polemic, yet with its strange and macabre beauty and integral intransigent spirit, it holds universal impact—much like his music."—Barnaby Smith, The Quietus
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Cass McCombs is a musician from Northern California, whose latest album is Tip of the Sphere.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA