~bn Book Review: Spokes of an Uneven Wheel by Colin Dodds

Spokes of an Uneven Wheel, a collection of poetry by Colin Dodds




For Colin Dodds, dystopia is often a private affair, insight served up on a hubcap, catering for one. In a larger sense, Colin Dodds is a writer that sees the sagging seams of a culture, its diffusion of values —even in the institutions that lay claim to their preservation— and the inverse transcendence this invites for the modern Everyman. From Leasing in the Leviathan:

The World they invoke isn’t a place, but a tradition
Work hard—do your level best
Maybe you too can be a fragment
of something that once made sense”

This is also a pub crawl, a stumble door-to-door to confront barroom mirrors that —while they seem to distort —they never lie. From Father in the Celtic Refuge:

“Men’s room ventriloquists change the words of songs
Strangers with names like the sound
of a copper pipe striking a bag of sand
steal the dew from your money
Drink specials cold corned beef pizza
and soup of the dog that bit you at The Dethroned Father
where young men learn what these drinks taste like
first thing in the morning”

And a reminder that all too often, what one may trivialize serves also as an anesthetic to any real process of living. From What the Wandering Gamete Deserves:

“He rattled the ladder and the ladder rattled
The famous orgasm arrived like a miscalculated gratuity
a little something for your trouble
and flooded the Cartesian theater to the rafters
with popcorn, so no one could see
the movie about eating popcorn”

Poetry often serves in a barely visible capacity in our social order. It is the hermit on the corner of the bookshelf that rants, raves and finds bits of a largely discarded language, rolls them together, and hurls them past numerous self-help cum self-gratification tomes, mystery thrillers-du-juor, and other forms of book-as-selfie-navel-gazing —and when it does it correctly— can change the reader. There are demarcations of style and location throughout this collection, from cities to taverns, beltways to beaches, out of the conventional to the galactic-absinthe-in-imagination found in the mini-collection with a central character called “Spill-O…” People pick up a book of poetry at leisure, but can find themselves stopped in their tracks, pacing the room, weeping at an insight or a way of looking at things that simply hadn’t found that magic formula of words to express before. Colin Dodds is the kind of writer who believes in this, and you know, he’s not wrong. From Book Court, Book Jury:

“Maybe the war is lost, but maybe it ain’t
Maybe this poem is mush, but that thing
that saved you from wanting to die every day—
what was that made out of?
What incredible alloy?
Do tell.”

Do tell indeed.

Pick up a copy of “Spokes of an Uneven Wheel”, available for preorder through Main Street Rag today. You won’t be disappointed.

JB/DSS Editors, BlogNostics

Spokes of an Uneven Wheel

Spokes of an Uneven Wheel by Colin Dodds is slated for release in July, 2018 by The Main Street Rag Online Bookstore.

About the Author


Colin Dodds is a writer. He grew up in Massachusetts and lived in California briefly, before finishing his education in New York City. Since then, he’s made his living as a journalist, editor, copywriter and video producer. His poems, short stories and essays have appeared in more than three hundred publications, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. He has also directed a short film and built a twelve-foot-high pyramid out of PVC pipe, plywood and zip ties. One time, he rode his bicycle a hundred miles in a day. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. You can find more of his work at https://thecolindodds.com/

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