Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book Review: 'Womyn Do' by Frank Marcopolos

To say that Texas author Frank ‘Zeus’ Marcopolos is an experimental author would be a massive understatement. In his non-literary life he has been a former U.S. paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and NCAA baseball player. As a writer he explores profound themes without losing the kinds of exciting plotlines that keep a reader engaged in a story. He has authored a colorful set of books - Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel, Infinite Ending: Ten Stories, A Car Crash of Sorts, and The Whirligig Literary Magazine: Issues 3 - 9, 2000-2006. Frank knows how to take off color subjects, twirl them around his solid imagination and spread them out on the page with a vocabulary that many famous authors would envy, and all the while make us scratch our heads attempting to figure out where he is taking us.

WOMYN DO: THE HEALING OF JOHNNY R3BEL is a psychological examination of a lad with issues – all manner of issues as in clothes choices, relationships, even verbal communication but his major stridor is his lack of ability to relate to women on a satisfactory plane. As the summary states, ‘JOHNNY R3BEL is unbelievably successful with womyn and in his career. But still, he has a problem he cannot overcome on his own. In desperation, he turns to Cherry Emerson Humpsum, an unconventional practitioner of the psychological-vaginal arts. But can she heal JOHNNY, and in so doing provide a model for healing the world?’ And it is this resolution of a plight that make for some of the most winningly bizarre verbiage and thoughts and reading to come along in a while.

Not having read other works by this author is a disadvantage in that this kind of story takes many risks – and succeeds. Is that style, or is this a one-stop show? Time will tell and it will be important to see how he can carry out a full length novel without resorting to gimmicky names and spellings that at times get in the distracting way. The man has talent for sure. Let’s see where it takes him – and us. Grady Harp, December 15

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