Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The poetry of crime

Gerald So sends notice of an intriguing collection, of which he is the editor: The Lineup: Poems on Crime.

This chapbook is the first of a projected annual series, and if the idea of crime poetry seems odd, consider the final two lines of the collection's opening poem, "Latest Victim" by Graham Everett:
"Even the media /
talks about you in the past tense."
That packs all the chilling punch of good noir.

Contributors to The Lineup come from an interesting mix of backgrounds — crime fiction, poetry, the police — and the collection serves as salutary warning against erecting mental boundaries between these fields.

Click here for some samples from The Lineup. Click here for information about submitting your work for Issue 2.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting. Good enough to deliver good punchlines.

August 14, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

It does. I'll read the rest of the collection over the next day or two. I may find crime poetry to be a nice adjunct to crime fiction. Maybe I'll try to match each poem to a particular crime novel or type of crime novel. In at least one case, this should be easy, since Ken Bruen has a poem in the collection.

August 14, 2008  

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