The Leighton Explosion
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The Leighton Explosion
Anne Leighton
Soul Asylum Poetry
142 pages
October 2015
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Anne Leighton is not only the best rock publicist in the world but she now adds poetess extraordinaire to the resume. In her new book of poems, Leighton prances amongst the participles, assaults the adjectives and simply astounds us with her nouns in a collection of works that run from self-observations to rock and roll stars.

She is part Jack Kerouac, part Allen Ginsburg, but mostly herself. She likes to play with words and twist and tangle them like pretzels you can read. Here is a brief excerpt from a piece called "Zlozower" (written about the famous rock photographer).

Goes where fungus grows
In his leather-studded clothes.
He's Zlozower
the scumsower
the sleezower
the man of the hour-
The entire book is filled with this wonderful kind of wordplay. Leighton has been there and lived it, and when she writes about Elvis Costello and Jani Lane, it is because she has been there and is looking from the inside.

A delightful and engaging book that will move you and groove you. Leighton is an original, and she proves that more than ever on these pages.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2015

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