Nevers

Nevers Megan Martin s muscular gleaming prose contends with how we as humans cope with the itchy banality of reality Stuffed with imagi nary men future bathtub deaths sick black jellies meteor lettuce a

  • Title: Nevers
  • Author: Megan Martin
  • ISBN: 9780988891579
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • Megan Martin s muscular, gleaming prose contends with how we as humans cope with the itchy banality of reality Stuffed with imagi nary men, future bathtub deaths, sick black jellies, meteor lettuce, and vaginas full of Jesus light, Nevers emerges from the tension between what is real, what is perceived, what is felt and what is completely imagined What makes Martin such Megan Martin s muscular, gleaming prose contends with how we as humans cope with the itchy banality of reality Stuffed with imagi nary men, future bathtub deaths, sick black jellies, meteor lettuce, and vaginas full of Jesus light, Nevers emerges from the tension between what is real, what is perceived, what is felt and what is completely imagined What makes Martin such an amazing writer is that it s hard to discern the differences and it doesn t even matter Melissa Broder, author of Scarecrone Nevers is that feeling you get when you are suddenly inside your self, looking around, going, Hey, that s my coffee mug That s my pen I am me It s like standing in your childhood home as the walls are replaced with snapshots of the same walls This is a book, only it has a mouth Lindsay Hunter, author of Don t Kiss Me In Megan Martin s fantastic Nevers, we encounter the situation of a book that is conscious of itself This seems right, because the life in its pages is conscious of itself, too all at once, from a dozen slip sliding angles, the whole a shimmering phantasm held aloft by an act of voice so clean and real it can squash your heart Scott Garson, author of Is That You, John Wayne This book could breastfeed a twelve year old boy This book could have an adulterous affair with an undiscovered marsupial species This book could write online dating profiles for Wyoming s vast population of robot foxes who have been widowed by hit and run crimes This book is not about the apocalypse, but it has that I got sick of my boyfriend s nose hair and Sartre s giving me cramps and the only way I can think to stall the imminent threat of mass extinction is by adopting a feral cat and aren t we useless and fucked type of apocalyptic glee about it Tessa Mellas, author of Lungs Full of Noise

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    1. Part fiction, part poetry, part rant, the 50-or-so short pieces in Nevers serve up great line after great line. While most do not tell a story in the traditional narrative sense, they are just-formed enough to avoid the label of prose poem. Some sort of plot is happening here even if I don't always know exactly what. Characters are sparse, just the narrator (whose biting wit and profanity-laden observations drive the whole book), an (ex)boyfriend identified only as B and Ted, the next-door neigh [...]

    2. Nevers – Megan Martinby Lauren Friedlander[Caketrain; 2014]The edges of my copy of Nevers are spiked with white sticky tabs, marking sections in which I can read every inch of my own body, lines that weave into a through-line of meta-something self-awareness, and bits that are in particular fucking cool. Megan Martin, author of Nevers, is Gary Lutz-y in that way that makes for a killer party trick: whip her new collection of fictions open to any page and pick a sentence like a spot on a globe [...]

    3. These stories are unnerving in the very best way--what happens between their narrator's eyeballs on the world and the words on the page makes for startling language and descriptions you'll find nowhere else. Read it twice.

    4. "Nevers" is a must-have collection of short fiction by Megan Martin, a startlingly original and gifted writer. Often surreal, sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, always artful, these are compact stories, most of them topping out at just one or two pages. But they are crammed with images that don't let go, and are presented with a narrative style that is unforgettable. The first person narrator makes references to Martin's real-life publisher, Caketrain, as well as Megan Martin herself (fic [...]

    5. I remember the weeks before Nevers came out, the publisher ran a series of images with text from the book like these:I thought these were really cool. And then, later, I saw Megan read at Tire Fire in Philly. And that was cool too.So, now, I have finally read her book, and guess what? It's cool!

    6. Megan Martin writes powerful prose.Each brief short in this collection does the work it needs to. The terse vignettes that make up this collection are novel in scope and content, written in a voice that will stick. I like the brutal acknowledgment of less-than-flattering detail. I like the, Either I'm dying this instant or I will kill myself in a bathtub at some later point. I like the self-awareness of the speaker who, often, finds herself steeping in a pool of talent from which she will never [...]

    7. A few of the pieces are just a tad uneven for my taste. But the heights are pretty impressive, and the hilarious hairpin turns had me laughing out loud.

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