IT IS LIKE TOYS BUT ALSO LIKE VIDEO TAPED IN A MALL by James Davies
145 x 210mm, 212 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2022
it is like toys but also like video taped in a mall consists of 201 minimalist poems that come in pairs of lines. The lines play against each other – there’s a push and pull between bliss and bathos creating a magical fuzziness. Individual lines slip in and out of single and specific meaning, like Necker cubes and duck-rabbits; bisociation is constructed by the rub of plurals against possessives, and the distortion of verbs and articles. Many of the poems have also been made into one-off book objects by the author, and a list of influences on the poems features at the end of the collection and gives an indication of potential themes.