Balance Act by Ken Cormier

By Ken Cormier

This can be Ken Cormier's first released choice of prose and poetry. Ranging in temper from all-out hilarity to heart-stopping depression, this booklet utilises a constant thread of tune and rhythm to propel its language. Cormier's huge heritage in percussion informs his writing at each point of the method. easily positioned, Cormier brings functionality to the web page, and this can be his one-man style exhibit. Cormier's tales peel again the layers of a tendency suburban panorama, and his characters scratch and claw to discover proposal at the railroad tracks, to endure the absurdity of family members disorder, to exchange the bitterness of complacency for the joys of overall annihilation. The poems strengthen his over-arching issues, punctuating the textual content like rapid-fire epiphanies. The book's ultimate and longest instalment, 'Havris and Malen', is the tale of 2 brothers trying to juggle destiny, relations, and friendship opposed to a backdrop of unpredictable magic and a closet jam-packed with drained secrets and techniques. comparable in shape to Gene Toomer's 1923 vintage, 'Cane', Cormier's 'Balance Act' is a various mixture of poetry and fiction, a hyper-speed, gear-shifting monologue for the schizophrenic plenty.

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Penetration. Discharge. — 67 — THE BEAST "We did a job on that beast," says my mother, sighing. "We flattened it," says Lizzy, and she belches. "Okay, okay," says Dean, picking celery out of his teeth. "Uuuunnnnngggoooohhhh," moans my mother's boyfriend, holding his abdomen with both hands. I manage to get to my feet, unable to focus on anything. I stumble through the kitchen and into the bedroom, collapsing onto the bed and curling up on my side. It's time for a nap. I can barely hear conversation.

And my mouth, having sucked all these cigarettes. My mouth, having sucked all this noise and sweaty energy ribbons. " Lizzy is pointing at the refrigerator. My eyes are stuck shut. I just woke up and my head feels like it's going to crack. No saliva, either. " Okay, I try to look. Walking up close to the refrigerator, I find that Lizzy's stuck a picture there with a magnet. It's a big, erect penis. Looks like it was photocopied from some magazine. "That's really nice," I say, trying to be sincere.

She laughs. It shakes the walls. I finish my business in the bathroom. " She gives herself an imaginary handjob and then runs to the bathroom. I find some rum in the refrigerator and mix myself a drink. " shouts Lizzy from behind the bathroom door. I mix her a cocktail. I make it strong, stirring it with my finger, and I bring it into the bathroom where Lizzy sits, pants down, on the toilet. " She takes it. "Now get out," she orders, and I get out. NEBULAE "Gallileo was a hot shit," whispers Dean in my ear.

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