Villain Songs


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Moonpath Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.19 inches | 0.28 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle Area writer and a former Los Angeles TV producer who curates and hosts monthly poetry readings and special events. He has performed his own poetry at numerous venues (mostly on the West Coast) for many years and has given lectures, been part of writer conference panels, and given workshops. Other kind souls have published several things he's written (essays, reviews of poems, interviews, stories, editorials) in local and national magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online. His online film reviews have over 3 million page views.


"Poetry's work as retrieval and repair has never been more vigorously practiced than in Villain Songs. Looking into the violence that is, too often, at the heart of family life, Tammy Robacker enacts a scrutiny that leaves everyone--not least the self--irradiated. Early in this bracing book, Robacker declares that her poems are 'a fire burning / to reach the other side / of my teeth.' And so, with a furious but deliberate poise, the poems do exactly that, giving image to what had been in the shadows, giving voice to what had been erased. However, far from being a project of confession and blame, Villain Songs also asks about art's ability to evaluate and value experience. These poems are as artful as they are wounded. Spiky irony, forceful rhythms, and superb craft inform these poems, recasting the 'crawl spaces of the mind' into brilliant survival songs, vengeance songs, wisdom songs."
--Rick Barot, poet and author of Chord

Tammy Robacker's Villain Songs poems sing a world of menace into the light. Voyaging through a mythic-seeming land where everyday objects grow treacherous and the most vulnerable among us are used in spirit-crushing ways, she summons her considerable powers of exorcism and refuses to be silenced. With fierce associative play, finely chiseled lines, and a highly controlled sense of form, she dares to speak the hardest truths. If shame is a force that exiles us from ourselves, these poems rescue and reconstitute a home for the soul.
-Lia Purpura, poet and author of The Brighter the Veil