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Published by Wolfgang Carstens
There’s A Fist Dunked In Blood Beating In My Chest
by Rob Plath
179 pages
$15.50

ISBN: 978-1-926860-02-2

Epic Rites Press, 2010
There’s A Fist Dunked In Blood Beating In My Chest
by Rob Plath
179 pages
$15.50

ISBN: 978-1-926860-02-2

Epic Rites Press, 2010

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Published by: Wolfgang Carstens on Jan 23, 2011
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s A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In BloodBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My Chestby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plath
 
Epic Rites Press New Book Release
There’s A Fist Dunked In Blood Beating In My Chest 
is the second full-lengthpoetry collection by Rob Plath, asignificant literary figure who is carvinga new path in the post-Bukowski era where underground poetry is without afather figure. Rob’s first full-lengthcollection,
 A Bellyful Of Anarchy
, wasreleased by Epic Rites Press in 2009. When asked about the underlyingthemes of the two collections, Robexplained:“The act of writing
There’s A Fist  Dunked In Blood Beating In My Chest 
is the self-removal of the heart and theact of holding it up under a bare bulb,poking your fingers around itschambers, sticking them inside the cut-off tubing of arteries that once hustledthe blood away to your limbs...
 A Bellyful Of Anarchy
is a dissection of the spleen and the act of squeezing outthe poison, sometimes not evensqueezing but pounding your fist uponit to make its contents shoot across thetable onto others. A squirt in the eye with bile. If I were to sum it up another way, one would be the study of loss andthe other of complete alienation. With ‘fist dunked...’ I wanted a morehuman book. With ‘a bellyful’ theoverwhelming theme of alienation is just what it is. It’s revealing theinhuman side, the side of the author who has lost touch with humans,existence and the world. His heart has become the embodiment of Loss.I am proud of both books, but there'ssomething much more heartbreakingin the second one. It feels more likemyself. I feel loss more than rage mostof the time. Maybe the honesty andopenness about loss can help others
 
 
 
ThereThereThereThere
s A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In BloodBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My Chestby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plath
 
Epic Rites Press New Book Release
 who are numb. What is that line fromthat french film
 Blue
? During thesuffering from a great loss, the womanreturns home from the hospital and herhousekeeper is weeping. The woman who has suffered the horrific loss asks,‘why are you crying?’ and the old woman responds, ‘because you arenot...’”
as if it wasn’t crowded enough
sometimes it feels like lossplants another skeletoninside of youas if it wasn’t crowdedenough w/one set of bonessome nights you canfeel them slowly turningin a tight embracethis melancholy coupledancing w/init’s almost kind of sweeton those nights i drink away & whistle a solemn tuneto this strange moving union
“The poet of this collection ruminatesupon love and death through differentprisms: a mother’s mortality, a lover’sinfidelity and a growing awarenessthat even evil bastard fathers had theirreasons. Much of the poetry herespeaks of sparks in the darkness,honest appraisals of the reality of loveto individuals. The couple sits‘marrow to marrow’ in ‘to hell w/ allthe so-called cities of love’, not heartto heart. This is love stripped down bydesperation...” – Zack Wilson, author of 
Lescar 
 
 
 
ThereThereThereThere
s A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In Bloods A Fist Dunked In BloodBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My ChestBeating In My Chestby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plathby Rob Plath
 
Epic Rites Press New Book Release
 When asked about his motivation for writing the new book, Plath explained:“I was always hesitant to write aboutprevious relationships because I always wound up being with someone that would cause all kinds of fights over me writing about other women. Some of the poems I did have were written in between love, but I never really delvedinto that side of my existence. I alsohad so much to say about other things,that I let that part go. I had enoughchaos in my life and I felt that if not writing about other women would leaveme peace then it was worth it. Looking back it seems weak, though. They allleft in the end anyway. I’ll never be that way again.The catalyst for ‘fist dunked...’ was adamaging, crazy relationship for four years. Co-habitation. Almost marriage.Infidelity on the other’s part. The whole experience caused a profoundchange in me. In a way, I am glad I went through it – like so many otherthings I write about that are very painful. It also opened the door to writing about other relationships I had been in as well. And also, other kinds of loss that comes with intimacy. I’ll tell you one thing, I’ll never be secretiveabout writing about who I am with.Never again. That’s a promise in blood.”Plath explained further: “Now looking at what I’ve just written, I can also say thatI might not have been able to reach thekind of depth, clarity and emotion had itnot been for the last relationship.Perhaps the writings of love at an earliertime in my life would have not been asintense and full of blood. Perhaps it wasthe perfect time to break on through...”
for now i waitw/the worms
 
it’shardnottoseethewormturninginalmosteverythingsomenightsexceptwhenthat bitch’sheelsapproachtheycanmashthemaggotoutof anything butfornowi bidemytimew/thewormsw/whomdoyouwait?
 

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