“ABUSE ART. not Children” is Robert Pomerhn’s fourth book of poetry. Pomerhn is a spoken word artist migrating toward poetry for the page. I could see him seeking a more straight-ahead, narrative focus in this collection, yet he often tripped over excessive alliteration, rhyme and list poems – hard habits to break. He work is urgent and personal; sometimes to the point where I stopped listening because I was a being admonished to “listen”. These poems also run long, and I felt lost some of their urgency because of it. Again, I feel this is the residual affect of Pomrhn’s spoken-word-past. This book also includes some interesting collage pieces that I liked a great deal. “ABUSE ART. not children” is filled with passion. I could feel the hunger in Pomerhn’s voice. This is a poet on fire and seeking his depth within a new written form. He has all the pieces to make that happen and I am certain it will be an explosion when he finally does.
About the author:
Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews and poetry reviews have appeared in over one hundred and seventy print and electronic publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing. He is the author of THE FATHERS WE FIND, a novel based on memory and five books of poetry — the most recent entitled, The Last Time which was released by The Moon Press in Tucson, Arizona. He is the poetry editor for Word Riot (www.wordriot.org), Pass Port Journal (www.passportjournal.org) and ESC! (www.escmagazine.com). He is on the board of the Woodland Pattern Bookstore (www.woodlandpattern.org). He is a member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and a founding member of the Lake Shore Surf Club, the oldest fresh water surfing club on the Great Lakes. You may find additional samples of his work by going to: http://www.literati.net/Ries/