This collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs defies easy classification. Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination.
I had no idea what to expect when Managing Editor of Anomalous Books Amy Jenkins contacted me about reviewing a book of Prose Poems by Robin Spriggs. I never heard of either. Apparently Robin Spriggs is a well known author of poems and stories, performs on stage and screen among many other things and has quite the following. Iâ€™ve also found numerous sites devoted to him on the internet. I definitely need to get out more often.
Anyways, as I started reading Mr. Spriggs Prose Poems I found myself laughing, thinking, shaking my head, frowning, smiling etc., in short I really enjoyed this little gem and have full intention of seeking out his other works and keeping my eyes out for this medium I was lucky enough to discover.
Reading Diary Of A Gentleman Diabolist during my lunch hour proved to be the perfect distraction from the days toils. Most prose poems were a page or less, but it wasnâ€™t the length it was the quality of the words that mattered to me.
I wonâ€™t try to explain what Prose Poetry is, Iâ€™ll leave that to the experts but I will say that this was a very welcome reprieve from what I normally read and opened my eyes to something different and wondrous. If you have a couple of free minutes a day you would find it hard to find a better way to spend those few minutes than reading the Prose Poems of Robin Spriggs.
If you are tired of the novels, short stories, magazines, e-books and newspapers you have been reading and want to try something different I whole-heartedly recommend this little book filled with wonder.