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Pixel Boy in Poetry World tells the story of a common hero thrust into a world beyond his intended creation. As he attempts to understand how or why he's come to exist in Poetry World, the world itself begins to shift and distort in ways that defy any console, game, or pixelled reality. "Evocative imagery. It's a lyrical whirlwind that's as emotionally bombastic as it is fl Pixel Boy in Poetry World tells the story of a common hero thrust into a world beyond his intended creation. As he attempts to understand how or why he's come to exist in Poetry World, the world itself begins to shift and distort in ways that defy any console, game, or pixelled reality. "Evocative imagery. It's a lyrical whirlwind that's as emotionally bombastic as it is flourishing in the creativity of an inspired madness that's both breathtaking and a blast to suck in." - Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan and Mecha Samurai Empire


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Pixel Boy in Poetry World tells the story of a common hero thrust into a world beyond his intended creation. As he attempts to understand how or why he's come to exist in Poetry World, the world itself begins to shift and distort in ways that defy any console, game, or pixelled reality. "Evocative imagery. It's a lyrical whirlwind that's as emotionally bombastic as it is fl Pixel Boy in Poetry World tells the story of a common hero thrust into a world beyond his intended creation. As he attempts to understand how or why he's come to exist in Poetry World, the world itself begins to shift and distort in ways that defy any console, game, or pixelled reality. "Evocative imagery. It's a lyrical whirlwind that's as emotionally bombastic as it is flourishing in the creativity of an inspired madness that's both breathtaking and a blast to suck in." - Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan and Mecha Samurai Empire

39 review for Pixel Boy in Poetry World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    Yeah, I got an advanced copy, cause I'm cool like that. Anyway, Pixel Boy in Poetry World consists of two unrelated (but structurally similar) narrative poems, each one made up of smaller chapter-like poems. The first one I connected with a lot more, an apocalyptic and existential descent into poet-based video game. Poetry can be hit or miss for me, but Cartledge writes it in a way that it's easy to FEEL it, even when we're talking about a crumbling, pixelated Bizarro universe. The second (named Yeah, I got an advanced copy, cause I'm cool like that. Anyway, Pixel Boy in Poetry World consists of two unrelated (but structurally similar) narrative poems, each one made up of smaller chapter-like poems. The first one I connected with a lot more, an apocalyptic and existential descent into poet-based video game. Poetry can be hit or miss for me, but Cartledge writes it in a way that it's easy to FEEL it, even when we're talking about a crumbling, pixelated Bizarro universe. The second (named It's Raining Basho In My Mind) concerns the titular poet Basho, and paints a softer, looser, and more surreal narrative, one that's concerning creativity and the process of the poet. Not as dark as the former, Basho still has a lot to say about life and his tiny place in the bigger picture of it. The strength in both these pieces is the tone they set forth, and how easy it is as a reader to grasp on to, and fall under it's spell. As I said, I'm not the biggest poetry fan in the world, but I was right there, along for the ride with these. This is the third book of his that I've read (two poetry books and one prose, although his prose has the same kind of loose lyrical style) and I feel pretty confident in saying that S.T. Cartledge is one of poetry's most original and unsung virtuosos. This is pretty good stuff here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Arzate

    Full Review Pixel Boy in Poetry World is a solid, unique collection of poetry. ST Cartledge shows a great command of language, tells an enjoyable story about video games and the nature of creativity in the first part, and does an engaging examination of a Japanese poet in the second. It's an unusual set of subject matter, but Cartledge pulls it off. I believe even many who aren't normally fans of poetry will also enjoy this Full Review Pixel Boy in Poetry World is a solid, unique collection of poetry. ST Cartledge shows a great command of language, tells an enjoyable story about video games and the nature of creativity in the first part, and does an engaging examination of a Japanese poet in the second. It's an unusual set of subject matter, but Cartledge pulls it off. I believe even many who aren't normally fans of poetry will also enjoy this

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    Steeped in modern themes such as obsolescence and digital anomie, Pixel Boy in Poetry World is not only relevant, but timeless. The 8-bit Pixel Boy—trapped in a 4k world—is all of us, and contained within the narrative arc is an allegory of both what brought the digital world into existence and what may someday snuff it out. It is a collection that conflates natural and synthetic evolution with unparalleled stylistic finesse. It is one of Cartledge’s strongest works to date.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Pixel Boy in Poetry World contains two independent chapbook-length collections of poetry. Within each, the poems align to tell a cohesive story of identity and survival, whether in the surrounding world or the more surreal world they've built inside their heads. Poets and dragons and pixelated tears accompany us as we navigate our way through the pages, following Pixel Boy and Basho on thier journeys. Pixel Boy in Poetry World contains two independent chapbook-length collections of poetry. Within each, the poems align to tell a cohesive story of identity and survival, whether in the surrounding world or the more surreal world they've built inside their heads. Poets and dragons and pixelated tears accompany us as we navigate our way through the pages, following Pixel Boy and Basho on thier journeys.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Storm Poetry

    Spellbound. Lost inside a Game Boy, some lost love song written from inside the machine, a generation "Y" write in New Gothic poetry progression, Pixel Boy in Poetry World by S.T. Cartledge and Clash Books. S.T. Cartledge has published three books of poetry with Eraserhead Press, Orphanarium, Cherry Blossom Eyes and Beautiful Madness. He lives in Australia, married with a child and numerous cats and dogs. This book of poetry is in two parts, the first, begins with the surreal, someone inside a Ga Spellbound. Lost inside a Game Boy, some lost love song written from inside the machine, a generation "Y" write in New Gothic poetry progression, Pixel Boy in Poetry World by S.T. Cartledge and Clash Books. S.T. Cartledge has published three books of poetry with Eraserhead Press, Orphanarium, Cherry Blossom Eyes and Beautiful Madness. He lives in Australia, married with a child and numerous cats and dogs. This book of poetry is in two parts, the first, begins with the surreal, someone inside a Game Boy, wandering, a distaff on the "matrix," lost and misconstrued bed rites in neo-classical images within images of the New Technology. The images of the video game are entwined with the love affair with poetry world, and the beautiful enigmatic Poetry Girl. A haunted meltdown with Poetry Girl, a sci-fi journey, on the edge of "The Mystery" in post-apocalypse nightmare. "Right now, the homescreen exists without him. It exists within him by proxy like a shell taken from the beach is a reminder of the beach. The white noise waves call him back, the bit-crushed ocean calls him back." The second book is titled "It's Always Raining Bosho In My Mind", a poetic prose piece that dreams inside the imagine of Basho. A mythology of inside, the imago of Basho the Poet, the inside writing of haiku, the art of Cartledge bounds in ecstatic imagine, a mix of poetic prose, Beat and Haiku inspired verse. This offering is profound, enigmatic and flies on images of dragons in the sky. Truly inspired and inspiring. As if written in the memory of some lost Edo shrine, Pixel Boy in Poetry World by S.T. Cartledge, a brilliant write. - Subterranean Blue Poetry Available @ CLASH Books and Amazon.ca.

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