Thursday, October 16, 2008

With Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal After Midnight

Before and Well After Midnight,
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Deadbeat press
black book madness Vol 5
by David McLean

This new chapbook by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal is the fifth in deadbeat press' excellent black book madness series. They present us partly with glimpses into a magical world that we might not like to be in, partly with glimpses of a modern society we mostly don't want to be in. One poem speaks more than the 38 words it is.

No Purpose

People think the worst of me
because loneliness has put
its hat on my head. I have
no purpose in this world.
This makes me seem like a
dangerous man, like I could slit a

His most characteristic poems are those about the animals of madness, a frightening mental bestiary where worms from rotting apples bite you as you walk on the grass and make you younger, language falls away from you, and you drown crawling back to the womb, the origin of life.

Other poems deal with social issues, police objecting to “immigrants just wanting to dance all night,” with sick children seeking justice from a god who has unsurprisingly betrayed them, since he doesn't exist.

Favorites here are The President's daughter

I am making a statement by
not combing my hair. I don’t
care where I go from here.
Everything will take care of itself.
I am the president’s daughter.

and the before mentioned one about the girl querying God

She wanted
her Maker
to fix His
mistake, to

work a new
to make her
mind normal.

She wanted
her illness
wiped away

She challenged
Her Maker
to prove that
He loved her.

All in all a phenomenal chapbook. Everything from love to political protest, but first and foremost tales of ordinary extra-ordinary madness, how we become invisible, how we become so little nobody will miss us.

Order here - You won't regret it.