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Scary No Scary SCARY NO SCARY the follow up to Zachary Schomburg s acclaimed first collection of poems THE MAN SUIT is a book of skeleton gloves and skeleton keys at once dark and playful With loneliness and levi

  • Title: Scary, No Scary
  • Author: Zachary Schomburg
  • ISBN: 9780977770991
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • SCARY, NO SCARY, the follow up to Zachary Schomburg s acclaimed first collection of poems THE MAN SUIT, is a book of skeleton gloves and skeleton keys at once dark and playful With loneliness and levity Schomburg takes the reader on a tour through a liminal world of dream logic, informed by its own myth and folklore Here there are new kinds of trees and new ways of namiSCARY, NO SCARY, the follow up to Zachary Schomburg s acclaimed first collection of poems THE MAN SUIT, is a book of skeleton gloves and skeleton keys at once dark and playful With loneliness and levity Schomburg takes the reader on a tour through a liminal world of dream logic, informed by its own myth and folklore Here there are new kinds of trees and new ways of naming the ages jaguars and an abandoned hotel on the horizon This book will crawl inside your chest and pump lava through your blood.

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    1. Melissa on said:

      Here's my impression of a Zachary Schomburg poem:You and I ate cheeseburgers with ketchupin a wolf-run diner in the middle of the woodsOnly there were no wolvesThere was no dinerThere was no ketchupThese poems are not supposed to be read all at once because you learn nothing, feel nothing, except that you may be wasting your time. Though I am happy to come across them individually, and fell in love with The Fire Cycle in this way (which is what led me to read the book). Otherwise, I can't rememb [...]

    2. Never on said:

      This is one of the best fucking books i have ever read. Like top five favorite books of all time good. Holy fuck.He manages to create these worlds that are just hit this perfect space in my mind and put me in this incredible state. Not only this, but while I can appreciate many authors and poets, I feel like Zachary Schomburg's work is one of the few who I really identify with on a level of internal familiarity that rarely happens to me. The Man Suit was a great book, and so was From the Fjords, [...]

    3. Vogisland on said:

      It would be fun to see a huge diagram of all the transformations in this book. It would be fun to see a copy of the book with small diagrams/illustrations in multicolored pen on each page of its contents. I was glad there was an index for this reason. I felt generally positive until I got to "The Pond", which I loved. I want to reread the book soon by topic, starting from the index.

    4. Jenelle on said:

      ZS builds a dense world, like how you re-work a theme again and again in dreams. full of darkness & mythos the way children & animals are.

    5. Sasha on said:

      listen. at first i wasn't certain. then i was. now i am. although i'm not certain how much i like all of the poems, as a book of poetry, i think it's fucking awesome.

    6. J.A. on said:

      Maybe my third or fourth time through this book now, and I can't recommend it highly enough. When I mark a five-star rating on , this is the kind of book I'm thinking of.

    7. Michael Seidlinger on said:

      Strangeness is a 79-page poetry collection by visionary poet Zachary Schomburg.One hell of a ride. Worth a dozen reads over the course of a lifetime.

    8. Roshan on said:

      Scary, No Scary is the first Schomburg book I've read. It consists primarily of surrealist prose poems, and is at once accessible and obtuse. The sentences are written in spare, simple language; there is no ostentation or dense flourishes or convoluted syntax here. The imagery is weird and dreamlike and often intentionally contradictory. Schomburg creates scenes that are excessively dark, haunting and lonely, these scenes become destabilized visually, spatially,and logically with each passing se [...]

    9. Valerie on said:

      I really like how this book uses the same subjects, and images throughout the book, and it feels like they are talking about the same specific hummingbirds or jaguars that keep appearing. It reminds me of when an artist will use the same image in different settings and combinations. The whole book works together. It has a similar, surreal and whimsical style to The Man Suit, but there is less variety in Scary, No Scary. The book is still good, but it is hard to compete with The Man Suit, which i [...]

    10. Mark Desrosiers on said:

      Schomburg takes it to the next level here -- his debut, The Man Suit, was weird but often half-baked, never sucked me under tides of strangeness or beauty or cognitive tower-building as per my usual requirements of great poets. Here, however, he digs in and gives us a real nightmare, voices echoing past your shoulder, dead hummingbirds falling into your palm, babies, legless bears, that damn recurring pond. His use of repetition evokes Robert Creely's best moments, but of course with a stark pun [...]

    11. Erinn Batykefer on said:

      I enjoyed most of Scary, No Scary, and appreciated the straightforward language and sentences. The surreal images of re-animated corpses, deaths, births, and re-births, and the forests, houses, and bodies of water in this book are outlined in a sketchy, understated way but add up to some haunting and moving meditations on the subjectivity of experience and of morality. My favorite poems were Scary, No Scary; I Know A Dead Wolf We CAn Climb Inside and Beat; I Found a Beating Heart Half-Buried in [...]

    12. Stephanie Wytovich on said:

      Schomburg’s SCARY, NO SCARY is a brilliant collection of fantastical and surrealist poetry that creates as much as it destroys. His pieces are bizarre recollections, illusionist daydreams, and fierce realizations where his characters live, die, are reborn, and are murdered. Pieces like “I Found a Beating Heart Half-Buried in the Woods,” “Dead Hummingbird Problem,” and “The Darkness and the Light” were personal favorites of mine as they touched on the gray area between life and deat [...]

    13. Robert on said:

      Surreal poetry filled with some of my favorite things: lava, jaguars, fire, hummingbirds, meteors, and Satan. Together they form an odd personal mythology that's a bit like discovering artifacts from an extinct tribe of proto-humans. Or, for that matter, future humans who traveled back into Earth's distant past in order to escape a global apocalypse (a dying sun? a collision of a galaxies?) only to perish from flash floods or snake bites. Loved this: "Some people think it is Satan's job to make [...]

    14. Shannon on said:

      The poems often seems to convey reflections on self and choice, meandering along between this and that, until BAM - the final line gives you neither this nor that. Sometimes it's a laugh, sometimes it's a scrunched forehead, or uncomfortable fear from existing? I'm not really sure, which keeps it interesting. It's easy for me to zone out while reading, so I appreciate the way his last lines often pack an odd sort of punch that shocks you back into paying closer attention. Strange, clever, perple [...]

    15. P. on said:

      Discovering Zachary Schomburg via some friends of mine was one of the loveliest things that has happened to me lately. Reading his poetry makes me feel giddy but scared. They have a terrible hilarity but also pathos. Much like the Raptors Mascot falling.The poems are like a private manic monologue. They really belong together, but can be enjoyed separately. They're not afraid to be brief, but you're not left hanging because there's another poem on the next page, and it sort of continues things w [...]

    16. Rebecca on said:

      Disturbing imagery, a few beautiful and dark, as well as beautifully dark, lines, and yet something was missing. Not all poems need meaning, but there has to be depth or else they're left feeling artificial. I think reading too much of Scary, No Scary in one sitting bleaches the impact from the other poems. Dip in and out, take poems as standalone, and I reckon Schomburg's words would have more umph. Read too much in one go and you're left feeling a little cheated. It's one thing to string capti [...]

    17. Donald Armfield on said:

      Zachary Schomburg is a dark, Scary, No Scary man. His bizarre writings make you think. Then you want to read it out loud to someone and see what they think.Surrealist imagination in ones mind if Zachary Schomburg. From hummingbirds, wolf spiders and jaguars with a post apocalyptic dreamscape. Here are my favorites:-New Kind of Night-Your Limbs Will be Torn Off in a Farm Accident-Falling Life-I Found a Beating Heart Half-Buried in the Woods-I Give Birth to a Girl Who Is so Tiny I Lose Her Immedia [...]

    18. Joshua Buhs on said:

      I don't really have the vocabulary to talk about poetry, and usually don't read it, but this was wonderful and engaging and weird. It reminded me of reading Philip Lamantia, at least a little, in the surrealism of the images--and that, like Lamantia, there seem to be secret strings running through these poems that make them coherent despite their seeming incoherence. There's a method to the madness, even if I can't describe that method. The book is endlessly quotable and worthy of being read aga [...]

    19. David on said:

      I adore the poetry in this collection. I just get this feeling of sense hiding below the nonsense, this completely logical thread that could be grasped if only I could lunge fast enough. Always, though, it remains elusive. The poems twist and turn, making logical leaps that schizophrenics would scratch their heads at. However, somehow, the poems craft startling and surprising images. They evoke unexpected and novel feeling emotions. Certainly, these poems are wonderfully entertaining. Butere is [...]

    20. Jon Cone on said:

      Here, a few lines from a poem called 'The Abandoned Hotel' "I climb the trees through 1000 rooms. I look for youin each of them. You're a long shiny line."[13] If the arresting image, a spare style, a dream-like landscape -- and sometimes the nightmarish -- are where your poetic interests lie, then this book, published by Black Ocean, would be something you'd want to buy and have at hand always. ~ J.

    21. Ben G on said:

      I appreciate that one blurb references James Tate, who was one of the first contemporary poets I loved. Unfortunately, Schomburg is akin to later James Tate. They share an intractable problem: when the poet deals in dream-logic, there's not much for the reader to unpack.By the same token, I know plain-language surrealism is not easy to write. So I'm giving this the gentleman's 3-star review. It's good, but not for me.

    22. Clark Knowles on said:

      I write about this book a bit on my blog here's a link. clarkknowles.wordpress/201 It's a really fantastic book. I think some folks might call it surreal, but it's totally real to me, all the way through. Very concrete, even as it flirts with the edges of reality. Plus, it has an index. What books of poetry have indexes? It's a totally justified index, by the way. It reads almost as a poem itself. Just go get it. Get the hardcover if you can.

    23. Domonique on said:

      I really liked it but feel it interconnects ij ways my little brain cant understand right now. However looking at the index in the back and being able to underatand certain themes made me understand a little more but I didnt do it for all the poems so I know there are a lot of things I missed out on. Still, a very interesting read.

    24. Cody on said:

      While "The Histories" is a somewhat slack poem compared to the rest of the collection, Scary, No Scary nonetheless expands upon the promise of The Man Suit and manages to be effortless in both its absurdity and profundity. The first section is particularly strong and shows that Schomburg has a nice deft touch when it comes to line breaks and making his language concise and effective.

    25. Kevin on said:

      Schomburg's newest is a whole new weird world full of birds, trees, and ponds. And the water in those ponds seems to be infected with something, because it turning people into half-animals and making the spooky wind sound like a depressing Galaxie 500 song. Another great step into the unique world of Schomburg.

    26. Casey on said:

      Five stars for being the first book of poetry I ever sought out, read in one sitting, and freakin' loved. Whoa. I'm not a poetry reader. Like, at all. Is this what my poetry-loving friends told me would happen one day? That I would suddenly wake up and go, "Hey, poetry's all right. I guess." Love it. Recommend it. It's super cool and clever and did I mention I never read poetry? Seriously.

    27. Kevin on said:

      The short, simple, detailed, surreal lines got my imagination going, and a good many of the poems are absolute gems (I've been trying to memorize the title poem so I can recite it at will). I'm not a poet's best audience - the ones I liked tended to read more like clever jokes/insights or flash-fiction. Many of the others seemed to lack the build up and payoff I was hoping for. Still worth it.

    28. Eric T. Voigt on said:

      Schomburg, you magnificent beast. Eerie glory. These poems giggle into me. Winner of the prestigious My Favorite Poem In This Collection Award goes to "The Darkness and the Light." I'd type it up here if the author hadn't already gone to that trouble, way back when he wrote it. It's not up to me to show you, lazy-asses! Seek it out!

    29. Andy on said:

      Once again this guy's imagination tickles and delights me. There's something very refreshing, like a gust of cold, pure mountain air, in Schomburg's writing which makes me sad when I get to the end of one of his books. I'll always be on the lookout for whatever he can get into print.

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