Saturday, May 6, 2017
MANIFESTO OF THE MOMENT by mIEKAL aND (2)
M. EARL SMITH Reviews
Manifesto of the Moment by mIEKAL aND
(Moria Books’ Locofo Chaps, Chicago, 2017)
Sometimes, I like to be confused. This senseless feeling of having everything on lockdown, every hour of the day, is both tedious and uninteresting. I also like poetry that, while willing to share a message, takes a few moments to go down a whimsical path, all while yelling childish psychobabble into the void. When I’ve picked up a manifesto in the past, I’ve prepared to read a historical document that has changed the way people have thought, or I’ve expected the ramblings of an incoherent madman, hellbent on the destruction of either those he cannot stand, or himself.
The poet in question seems to do some of both. None of these five (or four) lined stanzas, all separated with a section symbol (which is this [
From works for children to the macabre, from academic research to sports journalism, and from opinion essays to the erotic, M. Earl Smith is a writer that seeks to stretch the boundaries of genre and style. A native of Southeast Tennessee, M. Earl moved to Ohio at nineteen and, with success, reinvented himself as a writer after parting ways with his wife of eleven years. After graduating from Chatfield College (with highest honors) in 2015, M. Earl became the first student from Chatfield to matriculate at an Ivy League institution when he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. The proud father of two wonderful children (Nicholas and Leah), M. Earl studies creative writing and history at UPenn. When he’s not studying, M. Earl splits time between Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Chattanooga, with road trips to New York City, Wichita, Kansas, and Northampton, Massachusetts in between.
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