Ten Poems about East Asia & Kitsch Nebula Ampersands And

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Move over Buddha! Here comes Chiaia! The book of poems is broken into two parts. Part one is a travelogue told in a haiku-like style covering Malaysia to Korea. Part Two is a more aggressive mantra with terror-laden conversations between a Person and a Mushroom, Odes to things such as Kitsch Technology and For the Sake of It, and experimental poems filled with codes and HTML text. More
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About James DiPlata

Ralph, born in New York City in 1975, is a novelist and poet. He was a journalist for a number of years before becoming a florist and then a University Instructor. Now he runs a pub in Seoul, South Korea.

He has published hundreds of poems and short stories online and in print in various mediums such as newspapers, magazines, and journals in a number of countries from Mexico to Long Island to Singapore. He was previously dubbed an experimental novelist (a tag which is not a perfect fit) and "a trip-hoppy visionary of language" (Lo Galluccio, writer).

He speaks English, Spanish, and some Korean. He lives in Seoul with his son and his mother.

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Literary Chaos reviewed on Oct. 23, 2013

This book is anything but boring. The first paperback release by Coatlism Press now in eBook form, it has a weird experimental side mixed with a classic Romantic side. It's like John Keats became Allen Ginsburg for a short moment and penned this book. This book is not as polished as Glyphic (also by Chiaia) but it has some nuggets that are pretty darn good, including Conversation between Person and Mushroom, Ode For the Fucking Sake of It, and You, Sir!

I'd like to rate it 3.5 stars but that isn't an option so I'll give it 4. It's good and a quick read but not perfect. A solid first book.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

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