11.8.2011

Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles by Mark Scroggins

MARK SCROGGINS | TORTURE GARDEN: NAKED CITY PASTORELLES

Smyth-sewn paperback · 48pp · $15 · ISBN 978-0-9773401-6-3

Taking formal and methodological inspiration from the speedcore, thrash-jazz “miniatures” of John Zorn’s Naked City, the poems of Torture Garden: Naked City Pastorelles are dense, impacted crystals of reference and insinuation: Hegel to Hüsker Dü; Milton to Moorcock; a high-style restaurant on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to the Meadowlands; Ruskin to webcam S&M. These concentrated bursts of cynicism, rancor, and frustrated lyricism are not minima mora- lia for an electronic age, but literate squawks thrown at the screen of contemporaneity’s faceless spectacle.


Mark Scroggins (© 2011)