Summer Mitch Started Selling His Prescription, The By Tyler Haag, 29 pgs.

May 29, 2020

Short collection of mostly short poems about the trials and tribulations of city life, being a guy who likes girls, and having feelings. These poems are written in that vogue all-lowercase all-affect barebones style that’s been popular for a minute now but rupi kaur really brought to the mainstream, but these have more atmosphere to them than is typical of that style. The images invoked are the strong suit here—images of a life, particular and romantic as a poem should be, about the places it loves. The characters are bold caricatures: snapshots of presumably real people in the moment when Haag saw them—nothing less, nothing more—which lends them credibility in the scenes they inhabit. No posturing here about the world or the state of things, just a guy and his IPAs and his notebooks piling up in the garage. This would be a good book to give to your ex-boyfriend if he likes to talk about “getting really fucked up that one time” or “Bukowski.” This would be a good book to read for yourself if you like “poems that invoke the movie Say Anything”or “girls in Calvin Klein briefs.” Available only on Amazon or by email. –jimmy cooper ([email protected])