Living, dying, surviving in the illusory dream and pseudo pristine reality of American suburbia — an epic piece of cultural commentary.
About the Author:
Joseph Reich has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad and is a four time Pushcart Prize nominee. His most recent books include, A Different Sort Of Distance (Skive Magazine Press), If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge (Flutter Press), Pain Diary: Working Methadone & The Life & Times Of The Man Sawed In Half (Brick Road Poetry Press), Drugstore Sushi (Thunderclap Press), The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians, The Housing Market: a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world and The Hole That Runs Through Utopia (Fomite), and Taking The Fifth And Running With It: a psychological guide for the hard of hearing and blind (Broadstone Books).
“When an epic poem that read like “Howl” channeled through mountaintops and moonshine distilleries landed in my publication’s inbox in late 2013, I didn’t know whether to e frightened or elated. I realize now that the correct response was both. That poem exploded out of Joseph D. Reich, who wants no energy on following the rules. Like the aforementioned piece, the words in this collection materialize on charged waves of synaptic associations that laugh with bourbon-tinged breath in the face of convention. Reich whispers, wails, ponders, exclaims, rails and time-travels his way through America in an attempt to make little sense of it all. He uncovers the framework and puts it on display in all of its manic, desperate absurdity. The Hole That Runs Through Utopia is a mirror - an unforgiving, but honest reflection of modern society. Looking into this mirror, you will question not only your own motivations and priorities, but those of an entire nation.”
—Josh Smith, Bedlam Publishing
“Reminiscent of Vonnegut’s straightforward insight and Bukowski’s grumbling, this tour through the mind of Joseph Reich stirs together a savory stew of thoughts.”
—Brian Garrison, Parody Poetry Magazine
“Reich writes like his brain is on fire and he needs to get all of the words out now before it turns to char. He writes of America and its excesses, failures, and with precision, he’ll turn the mundane into the profound. His prose grips you by the collar, brings out your inner discomfort, and by the end leaves you wanting more.”
—Mike Jewett, Boston Poetry Magazine