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2019 Alice James Books Award Editor’s Choice


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2019 Alice James Books Award Editor’s Choice

34 review for Brocken Spectre

  1. 4 out of 5

    Connor Beeman

    While not as laser-focused as his last work, the chapbook "In the Time of PReP," Brocken Spectre is another stellar set of work from someone's who's quickly become one of my favorite poets. Here, Rancourt continues to explore what it means to be a queer man in a "post" AIDS crisis landscape, among many other themes, and does so with characteristically intricate and beautiful language. These poems are as haunting as they are powerful. Anyone invested in contemporary queer poetry should be reading While not as laser-focused as his last work, the chapbook "In the Time of PReP," Brocken Spectre is another stellar set of work from someone's who's quickly become one of my favorite poets. Here, Rancourt continues to explore what it means to be a queer man in a "post" AIDS crisis landscape, among many other themes, and does so with characteristically intricate and beautiful language. These poems are as haunting as they are powerful. Anyone invested in contemporary queer poetry should be reading Rancourt.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    These poems feel so haunted to me, by the specter of the AIDS crisis, by God, by something like survivor’s guilt. The speaker seems to struggle with what it means to be after, what it means to go on. Towards the end, in the last few poems, there is a turn toward the future and a feeling, to me, of the speaker reconciling himself with movement into that unknown. It feels like less a destination and more a bridge.

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    Julia Cretaceo

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    kell_xavi

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    AnonyMouse

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