Blue Jay Slayer
BLUE JAY SLAYER whispers and shouts at us but never tells us what to think. It is dark at times, yes, but not what you'd expect: playful sometimes, angry sometimes, reticent when necessary. It's brimming with curses and gifts. When Matt Hart declares "The grass doesn't grow where I take you" you know—just know—that he isn't lying. He tells us Ken Henson is not who he appears to be, “which is correct". Henson certainly gives us glimpses of who he may be with his illustrations of the flaming reality of the dark side but without the hellish clichés. Well, maybe there are a few, but those, of course, are intentional. Hart digs up the dead with his words and points to what we think is real, while making us question what we initially thought. BJS will take you like you could get permanently lost in that world and never come back, but you do. You come back feeling exuberant; you come back feeling absolved.
"Poems that will tickle and irritate your brain served alongside artwork that will soothe and delight it." -- Alice Bag, singer, musician, educator, feminist and author of the memoir, Violence Girl: East L. A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story
"BLUE JAY SLAYER was a pleasure for me to read and visually take in. The drawings are bold, brazen, hauntingly beautiful and tragic at times. I found the poetry to be thought provoking and heavy with textured wordplay...traveling far, painting a picture all on their own." -- Dave Lombardo, drum god and co-founding member of Slayer
"Human nature and desire in its truest, purest form. These poems and illustrations invite us to 'take the light / from delight and make it obvious' which I'm all to happy to do when the work is this damn good" -- Gary Jackson, poet and author of Missing You, Metropolis
Poems and Art by Matt Hart & Ken Henson
"The combination of the two marks a prodding of humanity and the human psyche that is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal and sometimes humorous."
"The text, featuring the potent voices of Mark Flanigan and Nick Barrow, marks a dark, scathing, humorous and insightful form of poetic storytelling that becomes even more expressive via live performances."
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