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Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author's sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder's work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor's path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author's sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder's work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor's path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the horrifically imagined. "Exposed Nerves vibrates with energy and rewards with clarity of vision." -Mary Turzillo, Stoker-nominated and Elgin Award-winning poet Praise for Lucy A. Snyder's Stoker-winning poetry collection Chimeric Machines: "(This) may be the best collection of poetry I've read in years... There is not one poem in Chimeric Machines that doesn't fit in place like a delicately carved piece of a complex and consuming puzzle. ...There is no other writer working today quite like Lucy A. Snyder." -Hellnotes "What Snyder accomplishes in less than eighty pages is an emotional scoring that few can approach. ...This is (real life), given breath and teeth, stood out in front of the world in all its beautiful grime. Her work is emotional, powerful, and will shake a person's foundations ... I applaud this collection." -Scott A. Johnson, author of Shy Grove "Snyder is a massively talented writer-the sort who knows how to make you take a gulp when you hit the ending of a story or poem-and this poetry collection made me gulp with awe on virtually every page." -Michael A. Arnzen, author of Proverbs for Monsters "Her poetry is powerful, honest, playful ... this is not the first time she has walked dangerous, uncertain roads with her work and I hope it will not be the last." -Horror News


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Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author's sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder's work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor's path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author's sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder's work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor's path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the horrifically imagined. "Exposed Nerves vibrates with energy and rewards with clarity of vision." -Mary Turzillo, Stoker-nominated and Elgin Award-winning poet Praise for Lucy A. Snyder's Stoker-winning poetry collection Chimeric Machines: "(This) may be the best collection of poetry I've read in years... There is not one poem in Chimeric Machines that doesn't fit in place like a delicately carved piece of a complex and consuming puzzle. ...There is no other writer working today quite like Lucy A. Snyder." -Hellnotes "What Snyder accomplishes in less than eighty pages is an emotional scoring that few can approach. ...This is (real life), given breath and teeth, stood out in front of the world in all its beautiful grime. Her work is emotional, powerful, and will shake a person's foundations ... I applaud this collection." -Scott A. Johnson, author of Shy Grove "Snyder is a massively talented writer-the sort who knows how to make you take a gulp when you hit the ending of a story or poem-and this poetry collection made me gulp with awe on virtually every page." -Michael A. Arnzen, author of Proverbs for Monsters "Her poetry is powerful, honest, playful ... this is not the first time she has walked dangerous, uncertain roads with her work and I hope it will not be the last." -Horror News

32 review for Exposed Nerves

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This was a really lovely, creepy, feminist, inclusive collection. RTC

  2. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    It's been a dozen years since Snyder's first volume of poetry, Chimeric Machines, appeared, and this long-awaited follow-up is just as pithy and rewarding. The book is broken up into four thematic sections with thought provoking musings and insights into topics as challenging and wide ranging as the current issues such as gender and race relations and the deplorable state of health care, to science and sex and all manner of matters both dark and weighty and occasionally wryly whimsical. Her very It's been a dozen years since Snyder's first volume of poetry, Chimeric Machines, appeared, and this long-awaited follow-up is just as pithy and rewarding. The book is broken up into four thematic sections with thought provoking musings and insights into topics as challenging and wide ranging as the current issues such as gender and race relations and the deplorable state of health care, to science and sex and all manner of matters both dark and weighty and occasionally wryly whimsical. Her very well chosen words throw light on some dark places. I read the book through rapidly, and I'm now flipping through slowly and carefully to savor. Mary A. Turzillo has provided a very intelligent and insightful introduction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    Excellent dark poetry collection. I absolutely loved it. And while I enjoyed all of the poems and many of them were perfect for me, the poem "It's Fine" stands alone at the top in my opinion. The foreward by Mary Turzillo is ridiculously good. It talks about Snyder's power animal being an oyster. In this book she takes all those irritants, all those "motes of grit" and turns out some beautiful poetic pearls. Racism, women's issues, issues with the American medical system. It was damn near perfec Excellent dark poetry collection. I absolutely loved it. And while I enjoyed all of the poems and many of them were perfect for me, the poem "It's Fine" stands alone at the top in my opinion. The foreward by Mary Turzillo is ridiculously good. It talks about Snyder's power animal being an oyster. In this book she takes all those irritants, all those "motes of grit" and turns out some beautiful poetic pearls. Racism, women's issues, issues with the American medical system. It was damn near perfection for me. For my favorites, thoughts, readings, click the link: https://youtu.be/3OYTeoNpAH0

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    Around this time last year, I read a short story collection by Lucy A. Snyder that I enjoyed immensely, so of course I was interested in checking out her poetry collection. I mean, look at that haunting and very visceral cover! This dark book is broken up into four parts, and each section contains a variety of biting and important poems. Every single one of these burrowed deep into my mind until every word became so much more than a lovely connection of words, and the undercurrent of meaning expl Around this time last year, I read a short story collection by Lucy A. Snyder that I enjoyed immensely, so of course I was interested in checking out her poetry collection. I mean, look at that haunting and very visceral cover! This dark book is broken up into four parts, and each section contains a variety of biting and important poems. Every single one of these burrowed deep into my mind until every word became so much more than a lovely connection of words, and the undercurrent of meaning exploded right after reading. There's a lot of social commentary within the pages of this inspiring book. Some of these observations are subtle and concealed in clever ways displaying dual meanings. But others get straight to the point and are rather confronting in their convictions of truth, and had me nodding because many of these situations were so familiar. Not just because she does such a great job at highlighting the many different degrees of horror girls and women go through every single day of their lives, but also because of the racism and inequality in our society. And the disbelief or disregard given to some because of the colour of their skin, sexual orientation, gender, or just for daring to be different and speak out about it. I also found that the title, Exposed Nerves, is the perfect representation for this book because of how well Lucy A. Snyder captured the rawness of every situation. But don't fret, there are also some cunning, playful and lighter poems that will make you smile. Well, this turned out to be quite a memorable collection. I have to thank you Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi and Raw Dog Screaming Press for sending me a copy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    The World According To J!

    video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAUio... This collection is called “Exposed Nerves” by Lucy A Snyder, and it is released by the awesome “Raw Dog Screaming Press.” First, this Steven Archer cover is beautiful. Let’s get into the collection. I enjoyed it a lot. I loved it. I got a pretty big kick out of it. I want to put some emphasis on the foreword. The foreword is a HUGE part of this collection. It explains a lot to you. The Foreword is called "Exposure," written by Mary A. Turzillo video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAUio... This collection is called “Exposed Nerves” by Lucy A Snyder, and it is released by the awesome “Raw Dog Screaming Press.” First, this Steven Archer cover is beautiful. Let’s get into the collection. I enjoyed it a lot. I loved it. I got a pretty big kick out of it. I want to put some emphasis on the foreword. The foreword is a HUGE part of this collection. It explains a lot to you. The Foreword is called "Exposure," written by Mary A. Turzillo. This gets pretty deep, and gets you thinking. It kicks off with a quote by Lucy Snyder from an interview she did in 2007. “My power animal is the oyster.” And right away my curiosity nerves are tingling. It’s immediately very metaphoric in nature. We get a sense the overall tone of the collection exposes “Issues.” I don’t mean an issue you may have with your car, or with your toaster or some appliance. More of society issues. Thus the name “Exposed Nerves.” Maybe the kind of “Issues” that strike an already inflamed nerve. Things like inequalities in the world. Racial Hypocrisy. Misogyny. Politics. You get the feeling no topic is off limits from being discussed and from being attacked. I think that is what really drew me into this collection and what stuck out the most, and what kinda struck my “Exposed Nerves.” Being and advocate for a lot of things, we sometimes are drawn to pieces of work that expose reality only to allow it to infuriate ourselves. Maybe this is why I lean toward reading darker literature. Lucy Snyder has a sharp tongue in these poems. She uses her words wisely, twisting and turning as she leads us through these different worlds. Some are fast and fierce, while the pace of others slow down making you absorb more of the underlying meaning. Another reason why this collection may have resonated with is the sarcasm through-out. Many times I found myself grinning at the words. I picked up on several tongue in cheek moments. I’m not one who normally re-reads books, because my TBR is a lifetime long, but over the last week or so I found myself picking this up and flipping through it again, re-reading a couple of the selections. I feel there is something in this collection for everyone. There are words, or a collection of words that everyone will make a connection with. I say that only if you go into it with an open mind and find your flow. Poetry to me is lyrical, and it’s all about finding that flow, feeling those lyrics. It felt to me at times one big Patti Smith album, bringing the unique social commentary to the surface, raising awareness through art. Enjoyable from beginning to end. And it’s short. It packs a mean punch to the jaw in such a small tight package.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Daley

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    Sara Tantlinger

  10. 4 out of 5

    avery (avereads)

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    myriad obsessions

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    Steven Gernandt

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    Julia Berg

  32. 5 out of 5

    nideen❤️‍🔥

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