[A] provocative reinterpretation of poetry's function...Here is devastating meta-poetry for the board game--playing, smartphone-scrolling masses, both accessible and enlightened. --Publisher's Weekly I am of my times and you screengrab out of ancient where, the title of one of the poems in Starkweather's second collection, PAIN: The Board Game, perfectly captures both his utter contemporariness and his empathetic treatment of our most primal conditions: dis- / appointment / & misery / & helplessness / & suffering / & pain / & fear. As he deploys the #trending and vintage lexicons of techlogy and pop culture with the depth and ease of a true lyricist, Starkweather pushes his poems into the territory of universal affect and risky humanity, to the root of our desire to connect. This is the contemporary poem that, just after it has Shazamed / your orgasm resurrects the rough magic / of bodies / illuminating / the lack / of any / limitation / when one. Starkweather's unyielding, funny, lumius poetry is a brand new classic. Also includes 15 color illustrations by artist Jon-Michael Frank. 3 shots to the chest at the arcade Sadness is my favorite video game I am its hero the little man with facial hair scampering through pixilated cities looking for clues and accumulating shit without kwing why trying t to be crushed or free fall into the t-world's dark as 8-bit clouds scroll across the pre- programmed sky it's exhausting but I take it next level I am happy here it feels real and I can always die
Sampson Starkweather is a new American meta-realist poet born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is the author of 9 chapbooks, including Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, the collaborative audio poetry album Flux Capacitor from Black Cake Records, and Until the Joy of Death Hits, a multi-media website of pop/love GIF poems from Spork Press. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.