Monday, May 25, 2015
Dawn of the Algorithm
author: Yann Rousselot
average rating: 4.14
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/05/25
date added: 2015/05/25
'Dawn of the Algorithm' by Yann Rousselot is a collection of modern poetry fused with pop culture and an overriding sense of doom. But a doom that one is rushing for with a sense of maniacal glee.
There are poems about movie tropes, and t-rex memes. There are sections titled 'The Art of Destruction' and 'Robot Monster Movie War.' Poems cover kaiju and ebola and video games. There are references to everything from Watership Down to T2. It's all thrown at the page with a fast rhythmic pace, and finishes with a strange set of haikus from a satellite returning to a desolate earth. Throughout the book there are also illustrations: some comical, some abstract.
The rhythm and pace is something I don't see much in modern poetry. It's like it's gotten deconstructed out, but it's evident here. The poetry has a raw intensity, but also a full on sense of humor. In combination, these could work against each other, but not here. A knowledge of modern culture is probably necessary to get full appreciation. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this collection, and I enjoyed the heck out of it.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Inkshares and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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