Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Review: 'Corpus Delicti' by William Cook

New Zealand author William Cook, a successful author in his own right ('Blood Related,' 'Gaze Into The Abyss: The Poetry of Jim Morrison' and 'Secrets of Best-Selling Self-Published Authors,' and numerous short stories and poems in anthologies, writes horror and thriller fiction primarily (he is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Australian Horror Writers Association, SpecFicNZ & the SFFANZ), but also ventures into literary fiction, a bit of Sci-fi, Young Adult and, more recently, Non-Fiction. Yet the core of William’s gift is completely focused in his poetry.

Some may find his poems too macabre to call ‘poetry’ – but he deals with themes such as death that are indeed part of life, and he makes us see that clearly. And example follows:

Killer’s Lament
Killer’s head hung over
Cocked killer – weapon ready
Leveled power at your prospective youth
Nestled in poisoned loins
Rain and always Rain

Wept down cheeks/ bed-sheets
With that, stepped out into the tired street
Kissing Neon
Kneeling to a Broken Virgin
Bleeding Black Blood . . .


Living as one in Concrete
Hand in hand slid
Between shouldered buildings of
Knife blade like a diamond in the shadows

Laying Shredded

Killers head hung
Eyes Peeled like Shattered eggs
Hung over w/ heavy hue...
Seeps as an eraser

Cocked + Cautious Killer
Highways connect
A Syringe to Heaven
Deeply thrust, as the rain begins

An alchemist with words. Read a few and you’ll not likely forget them – especially in the night, in the dark. Grady Harp, January 16

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