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Posted August 28, 2002
Charting the descent of civilization
This book is deceptively slender, considering its weight. These image- dense, passionate pieces by rYAN kAMSTRA evoke the verse of the Beats-- or perhaps what the likes of Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg might have written, had their era been as screwed-up and haunted as this, our new century. kAMSTRA does not traffic in precious rhymes or easy sentiment. He rants; he spins the most ordinary scenerios out of control. Elegant diners are devoured by flesh-eating butterflies; pigs 'Monitor frogs & bears & crows & rats for stealing.' He paints indelible and eerily, tragically beautiful pictures of wasted young stalking the mall and the streets, pits a fragile nature against the baroque and agressively artificial world of humankind, and, in general, charts the descent of our civilization. Some of this stuff is obscure; some painfully clear. Much is funny, much is quite sad. Some are both at once. It is all relevant, gripping and well worth the read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.