Poetry. California Interest. Absurd yet rational, Anthony Seidman's I WILL NOT BE A BUTCHER FOR THE WEALTHY is an uncomfortable indictment of contemporary America, and truly, this collection shows the relevance of poetry as political criticism. Writing on the plight of post- industrial landscapes, colonial impositions, and US politics, Seidman's poems are situated in the Surrealist tradition of French and Spanish writers such as Lorca and Desnos, remaking their system of poetics to describe our frighteningly illogical world. Though images of mangoes, Minotaurs and zeppelins float past us, it is easy to recognize American's own current nightmares in his metaphors.
Anthony Seidman is the author of On Carbon-Dating Hunger and Where Thirsts Intersect (The Bitter Oleander,) as well as I WILL NOT BE A BUTCHER FOR THE WEALTHY (Eyewear, 2017) and A SLEEPLESS MAN SITS UP IN BED (Eyewear, 2017). His poems, articles and translations have appeared widely in Mexico, and his work has been included in the anthologies Corresponding Voices (Point of Contact / Syracuse University), The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press) and Asymmetries: An Anthology of Peruvian Poetry (Cardboard House Press). He has recently published work in Bengal Lights, Drunken Boat, Nimrod, World Literature Today, and Modern Poetry In Translation. Seidman resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.Author City: USA