The Prince of Horror Erotica, AKA the Sultan of Sensationalism, the multi-award winning horror director has pulled a peculiar rabbit out of his hat, and just in time for the holiday season. Bunny Downe Press has published “i don’t hear america singing” by J. Riddles (Jared Masters) with illustrations by Fizzi Pop.
Most people may not know that Jared Masters (Slink, After School Massacre) is first and foremost a poet. He began exploring poetry after being introduced to the work of e.e. cummings in 2003. Over the next decade, Masters quietly wrote a body of work consisting of over 400 poems, about many various topics, some racy, some refined. Some verses are beautiful, others exotic. Substance-fueled experimentalism.
Finally, after over ten years in the making, this long-awaited book features the author’s desired selections, for the first edition, written under the pen name J. Riddles. The 202 pages of the book are sprinkled with black and white ink illustrations by long time artistic collaborator Fizzi Pop, who tediously turned words into images.
Psychedelic verses include made-up words and unusual syntax to devote expression to sound, sometimes more than meaning. Misspelled words and offbeat grammar represent Riddles’ unconstitutional rebellion against American poetry and literature. The title reflects the author’s disagreement with Walt Whitman’s famous poem I Hear America Singing.
Jared Masters recently performed two-dozen original poems from the book at last week’s prestigious U.T.A (Understanding Transgender Artists) Poetry Jam in Downtown, Los Angeles, to a full house of curious onlookers.
Masters will be doing a book signing, in person, at the Bourgeois Pig, in Hollywood. Address: 5931 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Wednesday, December 16th 2015, from 6-7pm (in the Enchanted Forest Room).