Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe
by Wayne David Hubbard
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Pub Date 08 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 08 Oct 2022
In his debut poetry collection, Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe, Wayne David Hubbard illustrates journeys through physical space and abstract worlds of emotion.
Combining choreological precision with playfulness, readers enter the mind’s eye of a poet standing along the shoreline of powerful forces that shape all lives: time, place, and love.
Written over a ten-year period, the collection calls to mind the poetry of Lorine Niedecker, Rae Armantrout, Larry Eigner, and Carl Phillips. Importantly, these poems resist thick, impenetrable themes, instead celebrating ordinal wonders of life that are hidden in open view. This spare book offers strong, memorable imagery and questions that will delight thoughtful readers.
A Note From the Publisher
"Spare, quiet, gossamer. Hubbard’s collection condenses a decade of life into the blink of an eye."
-Independent Book Review
"Poetry libraries that seek exceptional contemporary works for their collections will find Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe a fitting acquisition, while creative writing classes and book clubs analyzing methods of injecting the most force into a few words will want to use these examples as keys to understanding the power and possibilities of the poetic form."
-Midwest Book Review
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I spent some time browsing the poetry section of NetGalley on my break this morning. I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I admit I am more likely to click a title with interesting titles and cover art. Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe, by Wayne David Hubbard has both of these elements.
While the description is a bit vague, the poetry itself is not. Hubbard employs elements of modern poetry that I enjoy; poems are short and straight to the point without a ton of flowery language. While it does not tell you directly how you’re supposed to feel, it is written in accessible language without obscure references.
Proof of Life had me laughing unexpectedly. I found myself rereading it and smiling to myself. It reminded me of the conversational poetry of Justin Grimbol in a way. I really like Justin Grimbol. This poem was the only one reminiscent of Grimbol though.
Despite its wordy title and having been completed over the course of 10 years, this book clocks in at a slight 68 pages. Don’t confuse brevity with value though. There are some real gems in this small volume. This verse from In a Time Lapse 2 is one of my favorites.
A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. Big thanks to Wayne David Hubbard, Atmosphere Press, and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. You can pre-order Death Throes of the Broken Clockwork Universe on Amazon and read it beginning on October 8, 2022.
This collection is exactly what I wanted it to be - brilliant, impactful, and deeply reflective on both the micro and macro levels. Hubbard does a great job of blending surreal, cosmic imagery with everyday occurrences to create this ethereal exploration. I highly recommend it!
This is a lovely collection of poetry, with really intriguing themes of time, love, loss, war, survival and more woven throughout. I've not been reading poetry as frequently as I used to, and that is something that thank you to Wayne David Hubbard, I will be remedying. Among my favourites in the collection were:
"Our hearts were wild;
our minds incendiary,
as we drank raw the violence.
At night we slept in our tombs."
Winter View (e) - a breathtakingly haunting haiku
The poem the book takes its title from was outstanding as is Open Letter to the Tyrant God of Monsters. In a Time Lapse swept me away with its lyricism.
My favourite might quite possibly be How I Might Be Spectacularly Wrong, But Notes to a Young Poet really captured me...
"Interpretation is half the beauty.
The other half is you."
I will definitely return to these again.
Thank you kindly to the author, Atmosphere Press and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
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