166.1: Christopher Kennedy:: Love Poem for People Who Hate Themselves: Folk Tale & Love Poem for People Who Hate Themselves: Like Any Other Planet & Love Poem for People Who Hate Themselves: The Ruckus & Love Poem for People Who Hate Themselves: Quarantine
14 April 2014
These prose poems by Chris Kennedy come from a place of terror and beauty. Their speaker is both depraved and deprived; he indulges the companies of the flesh and makes due with little. In doing so, these prose poems reflect our contradictory natures, our failure to reason when instincts are clearly failing us. The title of this series alone elicits this; they are “Love poem[s] for people who hate themselves.” In an America that is internationally embroiled in wars against faceless enemies (be they against drugs or terror), Kennedy’s vignettes focus on the war within, where the stakes are much larger and the payoffs are far more beautiful and tragic.