Poem OK CUPID (written in Spanish Fork, Utah 2012)
over at Prelude Magazine:
CABBAGE LANGUAGE, by Robert Duncan Gray, collects Gray’s debut novella THE SON OF THE SUN with AMATEUR PORNOGRAPHY, a selection of the author’s best poetic works.
http://www.amazon.com/CABBAGE-LANGUAGE-Robert-Duncan-Gray/dp/1937395030/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358523915&sr=8-1&keywords=cabbage+language.CABBAGE LANGUAGE will turn you over. It will put you where you need to be. It will teach you all of the new positions—even the ones you’re afraid to know..
– Scott McClanahan, author of THE COLLECTED WORKS OF SCOTT MCCLANANHAN VOL. 1 (Lazy Fascist Press)..In reading CABBAGE LANGUAGE, I felt as though I was ready to celebrate the end of the world with Solomon Thunderbeast, a new bleak hero in the literary canon. CABBAGE LANGUAGE continues to floor me in its perfect phrases, each one spare, beautiful, and often so very funny. Sentence by sentence, I never wanted it to stop..
– Richard Chiem, author of YOU PRIVATE PERSON (Scrambler Books)..Alphabets of madness, cabinets of curiosities and absurdity contortions, Robert Duncan Gray spins startling detail and surreal juxtaposition into something alchemical and right for our beautiful times. There is revolution here, he warns us, nestled neatly in the shadows. We should heed his words..
– M. Bartley Seigel, author of THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY (Typecast Publishing) and founding editor of [PANK]..AMATEUR PORNOGRAPHY is a collection of poems about death, everyday life, and the absence of friends. It is the perfect antidote to those who do not have an OkCupid account..
Janey Smith, author of ANIMALS (Plain Wrap Press).
Born in England, raised in Germany, and transplanted into America in his early teens, Robert Duncan Gray has taken his unique concept of identity and created the stunningly original character of Solomon Thunderbeast, the protagonist of THE SON OF THE SUN. In this fantastic novella we follow Solomon and a small group of people as they try to decide who they are in the wake of a vague tragedy, struggling greatly under the tyranny of The General, a petty Napoleonic man who has forced his way into a leadership role and since dominated this collection of lost souls. Equal parts funny, sad, and discomforting, THE SON OF THE SUN will burrow itself into your mind and stay with you for weeks to come.
AMATEUR PORNOGRAPHY is a collection of poems that dares you to define it. Riding the line between sentimental and dismissive, these poems make friends of strangers and strangers out of friends, using loneliness and death to bring us together and prove we are alive.
The fourth book from HOUSEFIRE Books, CABBAGE LANGUAGE is as refreshing as it is original, and a must-read for fans of flash novels.