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NICHOLAS SAINT BERNARD
21ST CENTURY KNIGHT ERRANT POET PHILOSOPHER.
The poetic landscape of Nicholas Saint-Bernard is reminiscent of John Cooper Clark's ascerbic streets and avenues festooned with Carollian nonce. "I traded one eye when I dealt untos and I ran the Dephi Marathon in red Baccalian shoes. I razed Venusian Fjiords along the Latin Mews and paint bombed cities with the idle man's blues..." ---Fox in the Death House.
With tongue-in-cheek iambic irregular bleats and sometimes alliterative lines, it is safe to expect only the unexpected. "It's got plenty of flavours of panic in the park you'll find every flavour of plugs without a spark..." ---Ode to Gas Town.
Saint-Bernard's prose in "Red Viper" and most distinctly in "Villa La Brae" proves the literary motif perfected by Joyce and writers the likes of Caroll, Lear and my favorite Gorey and Patchen. His creatures may very well be siams of Patchen's, although not entirely submerged in Patchen's surreal planets (where all visitors are made aliens), the normal is injected sinisterly in a dreamlike non-linear narrative. The effect is a disconcerting concoction of gothic and semi-surreal with deliberate dark humor. Which all in all makes for an enjoyable read.
***1/4* (three and one-fourth stars out of five) From:Snarklettes Lliterary Review, B. OOJUN
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