FUTURE ANTHROPOLOGY, $5, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 16 pgs.

Jean-Paul L. Garnier’s Future Anthropology is a poetry chapbook set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or at least that’s the vibe I was picking up. The speakers in these poems bemoan the loss of humanity and of good growin’ dirt, too, seeing as “the soil / Which barely can now give us barley” is all that’s left, and the “demons of soul of man procure / With bodies dripping protoplasm” have a “Disease for which there is no cure.” All in all, it’s a rough scene. This might be your thing if you’re a fan of Ray “Red Planet Bandit” Bradbury, but if not, I’ll try to sell it to you on the cover art alone, as it features a painting of a cowboy whipping a couple of anthropologist robots as they sort through a shallow dig site. Yippee-ki-yay, future babies! –Jim Joyce (spacecowboybooks.com)