I admire good poets. With a novel, you can flesh your ideas out in 100,000 words. With a poem, you have only a few words to convey story, image, meaning, and the resulting grade is usually pass or fail. There’s no hiding; every word is out there for consumption, effect and judgment. It takes balls.
Which brings me to HYSTERIA: A COLLECTION OF MADNESS by Stephanie Wytovich. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans last year and recently picked up her book of dark poetry. Stephanie pulls no punches: HYSTERIA is filled with dark, disturbing ideas and images that will stay with you. It was particularly enjoyable for me as poetry normally isn’t my thing to read.
Check it out if you’re looking for verse that will take you into darker territories.