INFLATABLE CATECHISM, THE, $5, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 16 pgs.

This chapbook, a collection of Giovanni Garcia’s short poems, has a feeling of slight unease and obscurity to it, from the anatomical heart-balloon chimera on the cover to lines like, “They dirty white linen clothes as they kneel in the thick, / Naïve on All Saint’s Day of the pyres fed here.” The language can be a little purple at times, but that’s a hell of an image (no pun intended). In style and topic it’s all somewhat scattered, but, as the title of the collection may suggest, the theme threaded through many of these poems is faith—its purity, its distortion, its violence. Angels and crusaders and burned witches gather here, so watch your back. –Indiana Laub (Space Cowboy Books, spacecowboybooks.com)