Book Review: The Place of Broken Things by Linda D. Addison and Alessandro Manzetti

Reviewed by Voodoo Lynn

The Place of Broken Things is a new book of poetry penned by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti. They take the reader through a fascinating labyrinth of pain, remembrance, and longing.  Though the book may be short, the verses are filled with haunting imagery that burrows into your very being. It carries you to places like Angkor Wat, Provence, and imaginary Harlem. With each poem, you are transported to a new broken place where you learn about the suffering of each subject. The use of language is flowing and free, nothing about it seems forced. I even learned a couple of new words.

Throughout the book, the contrast between a cold and harsh modern reality and the deep, rich inner life of the characters is enthralling. Perhaps it’s not escapism so much as a philosophical lease on life. There are several references to religion. One of my favorites is in the poem “Cathedral Lane.” In it we are taken through the morning life of a homeless Native American in a large city. Many of the poems in this collection are set in busy cities which we tend to think of as dark and grey but here they take on a new and colorful life through the character’s eyes.  The homeless man is Navajo as the poem makes reference to a sun deity-Nandzgai and a night deity-Chahalgel. Although the man is destitute, he still manages to see the world in a beautiful, serene and timeless way, which is in stark contrast to his cacophonous and grimy surroundings. My favorite line is: 

“Somewhere in the distance the sun returns, sliding up from the horizon, as night retires he opens his eyes to greet the passing of Now from one sky god to another…”

One poem that stuck with me is ‘Animation’. It caught my attention right away because of the format of the poem itself was visually interesting. The poem’s setting is in an office and talks about, what reminds me of a Borg invasion in the Star Trek universe. The office is thrown into chaos as all the metal and wiring coalesces into a humanoid being saying “join us.” What follows is a futile attempt to escape, ultimately leading to assimilation. When the poem first starts out, it formed into two moderately sized diamond shapes. Then, as the escape ensues, the sentences expand outward, and then become smaller, like a triangle. It does it again. And then, finally, as the worker is captured and is being taken over by the metal and wires, the sentences become smaller until it ends in one word, “join.” Because of the physical shape of the poem, I felt like I was experiencing what the office worker felt. The actual description of the process of assimilation is succinct and very effective. The end description will always stay with me:

“Flesh body knitted with steel, eyes empty, weeping blood floats in front of me. Wire caresses my face, enters my ears, metal loops bind me to the walls…”  

It just sends shivers down my spine. With the current rise in A.I. and predictive programming technology in our everyday life, this poem takes on a whole life of its own and forces the reader to wonder, what if? 

The last poem I want to talk about is “She, on Sunday.” This one fascinates me. It talks about an older woman remembering her past, and her obsessive need to repeat certain memories and how she’s become trapped in a small room, perhaps in real life, perhaps in her own mind- I’m not sure. This poem is tied together by the author’s musical references throughout. They mention Yann Tiersen, I know this name. As it turns out he was responsible for the soundtrack to the whimsical film Amelie, one of my favorites. If you are not familiar with the film, there are a few piano instrumentals in it that express a deep sense of longing, which is a perfect companion to the poem. I strongly encourage you to YouTube this music and listen to it while reading to get the full effect. There is a strong connection to the character’s obsession with her memories and her obsession with certain music. The imagery throughout the poem is amazing. You get to see something so unassuming and ubiquitous and have it transformed into a surreal Escher-esque image. For example, take someone playing the piano and have it described to you as follows: 

“…moving cold fingers, pressing blurry fingerprints on the ivory keys, bleeding curves, lines and black and white mazes which vibrate following the coils of a music theme…” 

This poem also has one of my favorite lines in it: 

“…like women’s scents in the days when the incense of spring begins to burn…”

So lovely.

The Place of Broken Things is filled with such magnificent imagery and sadness, it is sure to satisfy many. There are over thirty selections to choose from, some written individually, and others are a collaborative effort between the poets- all are worth checking out. If you are in the mood to indulge yourself in darkness and pain, then I suggest reading this book and know that you are not alone. The Buddha said, “all life is suffering.” As it turns out in the end, that is something we all have in common.

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HorrorAddicts.net 175, J.D. Horn

Horror Addicts Episode# 175
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Winchester Mystery House

j.d. horn | ashes fallen | winchester

 

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*terror trax: ashes fallen, blood moon, james perry, dracula, frankenstein, nosferatu

*catchup: book reading, night’s knights, severina, ankh, halloween store, craft store, spencer, hot topic, goths in the 90s, where have all the ankhs gone? elder goth, mall employees, retail people, zany brainy

*cursed place: winchester, paranormal sightings, tours

*logbook of terror: winchester, russell

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein, james seo-heath,  kirk warrington-fabio, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: haunted hunt, daphne, night terrors, bloody mary, #dontsayhername

*odds and dead ends: the shining, maze,  kieran

*frightening flix: kbatz, winchester , kbatz krafts, ghost candlesticks

*live action reviews: crystal, end trip

 

*horror seeker: sid haig, horror seeker, rob zombie, house of 1000 corpses

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****Nell: halloween carols
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****Zack: war of the worlds, new series, bbc one 

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***dark divinations, sub before october 31st

***requiem in frost, jonathan fortin

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***halloween events: haunted  little tokyo, queen mary dark harbor, spooks and spirits

***indican pictures: Beloved Beast Trailer:

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*book review: to the monsters by spider hole, reviewed by chantal boudreau

*chilling chat: naching, j.d. horn

*story: shivaree, read by emerian rich

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Book Review: To the Monsters by the band Spider Hole

Review by Chantal Boudreau

Receiving this for review struck me with a severe case of nostalgia.  Not only did the “graphic novel” portion of this assignment remind me of the cool old horror comics I used to read under the covers with my flashlight when I was eight (scaring myself silly, I might add), but it also reminded me of the kids’ books we used to get when I was a child that came with an album (yes, I’m dating myself).  You would play the album and read along with it, which was essentially what I had to do with this.

Of course, don’t interpret this as me suggesting these tales are for children – they are not.

I can’t say I’ve had more fun reading/listening to something for a review.  The artwork was fantastic, the storylines were entertaining and the music generally appealed to me.  It felt like an unusually complete reading experience.

My only complaint would be there should better directions, or at least suggestions, as to what music should be listened to with which stories, perhaps at the start of the reading material.  Some of them sync up based on the title, but not all of them.

If you like alternative, gothy rock, have a taste for graphic novels and would enjoy a spooky trip down memory lane, I highly recommend this.

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HorrorAddicts.net 174, Elliot Thorpe

Horror Addicts Episode# 174
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Alloa Tower

elliot thorpe | sinthetik messiah | witches a century of murder

 

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40 days till halloween

*terror trax: sinthetik messiah, hellraiser

*catchup: evil laugh training, window shopping for halloween stuff, pumpkin, cinnamon, home depot, pirate ship skeleton dude, halloween decor, halloween maze, costume ideas, martha stewart living october, costume ideas, decor ideas, rats, eyeballs, gourds, fall tv preview, ahs 1984, zombieland 2, double tap, good place, liz phair, best band poll vote here: http://poll.fm/66yxd, bands: i-def-i, spaulding, ornamenti d’oro, the barbarellatones, protea, hormones, harry husbands, valentine wolfe, the creptter children, lords of october, sinthetik messiah, stagefright.

*cursed place: alloa tower, russell

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein, james seo-heath,  kirk warrington-fabio, theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: friday the 13th killer puzzle, daphne, township halloween decorations

*odds and dead ends: dr. jekyll and mr hyde, robert lewis stevenson, kieran

*frightening flix: kbatz, witches a century of murder , kbatz krafts, black topiaries, tombstone making

*live action reviews: crystal, el habitante

*the bigfoot files: abominable, lionel

*GB: the drain by joan mchugh

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***joe: the stand, alexander skarsgard, michael crawford, phantom, jeffery dean morgan, neegan,  whoopi, james marsters 

***kim: practical magic, woman tries to murder husband with belladonna

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, dark divinations, death parade film fest, he roulo plague master rebel infection, lilmonsters, tcm halloween schedule, orlandos universal studios treats 

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*book review: reviewed by ariel dawintre, a winter sleep, greg f. gifune

*chilling chat: naching, elliot thorpe

*story: the accursed forest, a tale of the bloodkind, read by emerian rich with voices by kirk warrington and dj pitsiladis

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Book Review: A Winter Sleep by Greg F. Gifune

A Winter Sleep Author: Greg F Gifune
Reviewed by Ariel DaWintre

I liked this book it was easy to read and kept your interest. It had elements I love; winter, Eerie Hotel, and Crazy people. The story has Horror, Psychological Horror and just plain crazy. I kept thinking I had figured out this story then the author would change it up on me. When I got to the end I was still doubting what seemed to be the end wondering if there will be a sequel and he will explain it to me in an epilogue.  Then I was just, “Whoa okay that is just crazy,” and I don’t know if it was the story or me.

I loved the main character, Ben Hooper. I don’t want to give away too much and ruin the story but you get that he is going somewhere and through the story, you find out what happened and what he is doing. He ends up at an old Hotel called the Monarch, this hotel made me think of another famous hotel “The Overlook” and even the song, “Hotel California”.  He meets a group of strangers at this hotel and they have what appears to be nothing in common, but something is keeping them all there. In the story Ben’s past and present intermingle and you wonder what his future holds.

The story has all kinds of things going on and it keeps you engaged to the end. You get crazy, horror, ghost, spooky something for everyone. The real question is it real or all in Ben’s mind. I am still wondering! Thanks for a fun read. I might have to read it again!

HorrorAddicts.net 173, H.E. Roulo

Horror Addicts Episode# 173
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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Chateau de Rocco Sparviera

h.e. roulo | i ya toyah | shiver of vampires

 

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54 days till halloween

*terror trax: i ya toyah, puppet, strangers, psycho, hitchcock, david lynch

*catchup: halloween costumes, school starting, fall busy, costumes, what we do in the shadows, it crowd, vampires, halloween window shopping, fb group, join us to window shop, variety, practical magic, hbo max, alice hoffman, let’s have a sequel, sandra bullock, nicole kidman

*cursed place: chateau de rocco sparviera, water, earthquakes, plague, cannibalism

***link: https://www.terresetpierresdazur.com/rocca-sparviera (in French. Use computer translator)

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein, james seo-heath,  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: emz, castlevania, los, 2d

*frightening flix: kbatz, shiver of vampires, kbatz krafts, candle clusters, crafting

*live action reviews: crystal, pengabdi setan (satan’s slaves), violence voyager

*plague master: rebel infection promo, prize offer, email your favorite zombie flick to horroraddicts@gmail.com , 29 days later, excerpts, youtube mini-series, zombies in space, 5 questions with loren rhoads

*dead mail: 

***deedee: goth unhappy meals, mcdonalds, satire,  daily squat, onion, goth restaurant

***cid: favorite vampire in night’s knights, jespa

***sally: martin, emz favorite? backgrounds?  characters, markham, sam kellerman

***pamela: cruella, emma stone, glamour

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, dark divinations, dark horizon, orlando’s newest haunt, free fiction by kay tracy, indican, perfect skin, neil gaiman’s death animated, jamie chung, haunting of hill house season 2, henry james, turn of the screw,  food network halloween schedule

*book review: s.d. vasallo reviews predators by michealbrent collings

*chilling chat: naching, h.e. roulo

*story: PM2: rebel infection voiced by h.e. roulo

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HorrorAddicts.net 172, E. M. Markoff

Horror Addicts Episode# 172
SEASON 14 “We’re Cursed, Again!!!”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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doll island, mexico

e.m. markoff | PORNthe band | tales from the darkside s2

 

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68 days till halloween

*terror trax: PORNtheband, evil six evil

*catchup: scary stories to tell in the dark, izombie, charmed, halloween shopping, candy out of spider’s butt, spider infestation, cobweb body, dracula, bela lugosi, cannibals, naching, IT crowd, halloween decorating, pumpkined out, 

*cursed place: doll island, mx, creepy dolls, haunted, cursed

*logbook of terror: russell, doll island, mx

*darkvein manor: by emerian rich with cleo de milo concept by e.m. markoff, rish outfield-ives, kadirah wade-hazel, pete lutz-jay and henry, emerian rich-clara and cleo, naching t. kassa- dr. francistein, james seo-heath,  theme music-valentine wolf

*ghastly games: daphne, remnants

*odds and dead ends: keiran, robot monsters, uncanny valley

*frightening flix: kbatz, tales from the darkside s2, kbatz krafts, pumpkins, crafting

*live action reviews: crystal, Relatos Salvajes 

*movie review: horror seeker, scary stories to tell in the dark

*dead mail: 

***terry: IT, emz reviews, stephen king

***marsha: westercon, tonopah, mizpah, most haunted

***larry: re: 171, pirate bride, vampire remains found in connecticut

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*news: my darling dead: jesse, dark divinations, unveil the strength,  hell’s never open, popcornopolis monster treats, amc, the terror, disney goth princess

*book review: dj reviews the butcher’s tale, nicholas walls

*chilling chat: naching, e.m. markoff

*story: the deadbringer, voiced by emerian rich

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Nox

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