Poetry collection, Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2014
The Scars Are Complimentary: This debut poetry chapbook from John Edward Lawson features thirty poems of the bizarre, ranging from horror to surreal to experimental.
The Horrible: Lawson’s second poetry collection mixes the humorous with the grotesque in a bizarre collection of new and previously published poetry. This volume showcases his more story-like poems, many of which are favorites at his readings. Appearances by Pee Wee Herman, the hook hand of urban legend, and the Egyptian god Anubis will have you laughing despite yourself. This second edition contains over 30 pages of bonus material featuring Lawson at his most bizarre and irreverent.
The Plague Factory: The Plague Factory contains 90 pages of John Edward Lawson’s most experimental poetry. The Plague of experimental John poetry, pages contain the most Factory. A lyrical reconstruction of the human disease manufactured through our mass media. A lyrical human. A mass disease digitally diseased. zzzzzzzz.
Note: interior artwork original the the collections is not included in this bundled edition.irreverent.
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The Scars Are Complimentary
“Lawson is a relatively new writer, but I wish more horror poets had such literary kutzpah. I recommend this collection as an introduction to this writer’s voice. And I recommend you keep an eye on him as his dark vision develops and goes even deeper into the darkness.”
“If you read the chapbook for interesting lines alone you will be well rewarded. As Lawson expresses in a blurb on the back of the back cover: “Just like a windshield/ we all go through a dark phase/ inner selves exposed.” Remember as well that for all of us when it comes to life: “the scars are complimentary.”
“The author of many poems, stories, and articles Mr. Lawson has honed his craft to [a] fine edged sword that could pour through these pages like a myth through the college grading curve. An educated guess would say that Mr. Lawson is barely showing his hand and that he will soon lean back across the table and raise.”
HorrorWeb – 4 stars
He calls it the horrible: poetry that ‘violates our sense of well being, makes us ill and angry’… The horrible is an experience which strips away the illusions of immortality, exposing us for the fragile creatures we are.” [from a university paper written about Lawson’s poetry]
Looking for rhyme? You won’t find it here. Looking for reason? Nope, none of that either. Looking for visually vicious verbiage and [cue Twilight Zone music] demented orgasms of sight and sound? Yep, that we’ve got!
Collected poetry from previous publications, The Horrible gives you tiny tastes of the horrific dementia and wonderfully imagined regurgitations of Lawson’s own nightmare bucket. He leaves you with images that will remain long after you’ve finished reading – something akin to shadows in the aftermath of an A Bomb.
From grandmothers to urban legends, from the neighbor’s dog to crappy jobs in Hell, there’s almost no part of this world, or the next, untouched in the characters and situations involved here. Establishing any type of lasting atmosphere in poetry is tricky. At his best, Lawson is ironic and sarcastic; at his worst, he’s perplexing and thought provoking. Pace is pretty much a given in poetry so let’s just ignore that criteria, and style – oh the style. Like reading flash fiction with flair, Lawson has no problem sucking you into his gastric wanderings and ‘gummy residue left by transient thought’.
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Twisted, humorous, gruesome, fun – yeah I liked it! Rating – definitely a 4. If you enjoy twisted surreal poetry, you’ll enjoy this. If you know what ‘hairy road sauce’ is, well… then you should probably own this now!!