I Am In The Air Right Now, Reviewed by Ryan Manning

i-am-in-the-air-right-nowI Am In The Air Right Now
By Kathryn Regina
Greying Ghost Press
5 1/2 x 8 chapbook printed on high quality paper with color end-papers.
Printed in an edition of 99.

Kathryn Regina wrote a book. I read it. I will now attempt to review it. This is a book I felt a desire to read and The Chapbook Review owned a review copy of it and I thought, well, hey, I can write a review, despite the fact that I know I cannot. I know I cannot write a review based on past experience and the fact that I’ve never really tried to ever. I offered to review this book because I wanted to read it and also in order to become involved with The Chapbook Review. So, I read it. Here is my review.

This is a review. I’m not entirely certain if this review is going to be about the book it’s about. I think the review might be about itself. This review is an erotic thriller. I am kidding. This review is actually about Kathryn Regina. I love you, Kathryn Regina. Will you marry me? I am the air right now. I lied. I haven’t even read this book yet. I am going to read it now. I’ll be right back. There, I read it. Now that I’ve read this book I feel that I want to marry each of the poems in this book. I want each of these poems to do it with each of my poems. Is that a review? It is not.

If this book were a female human, I feel that I would see it at the post office and quietly wonder how much time and energy would be required in order for her and me to achieve domestic status together. I would also intuitively realize that no amount of time and energy will result in her and me ever achieving domestic status together, and I would feel compelled to weep uncontrollably while waiting in line for stamps. I would then go to the library and write a poem about it.

There are a lot of lines in this book. Many of them are pleasurable. “[T]hey are generally unhappy people” is probably my favorite line of text from this book, if I had to choose one. Although I can hardly imagine a scenario in which I would be literally forced to choose a favorite line of text from anything. This book uses the word “air” a lot, which causes me to wonder if the author doesn’t have a bit of an air fetish. That’s hot. This book should probably be taught in elementary schools all across this great nation. This book makes me want to hold the author very close to my heart and then eat her heart.

I think my favorite poem from this collection is “sorry i didn’t catch you as you plummeted to the earth,” which to me feels like something from a Craigslist “missed connections” posting. The narrator, who’s riding in a hot air balloon, witnesses a man falling from the sky and fails to connect with him for primarily circumstantial reasons. Despite this, she still shows a sincere interest in being able to connect with him at some future point, if at all possible.

I think what I like about this poem is how much I relate to it. I often feel as if I am in a situation where it is highly unlikely for me to connect with someone, though I may indeed feel a genuine desire to do so. I think this poem captures the bittersweet quality of longing for something mysterious and yet also realizing the improbability of realizing such a longing.

One of my other favorite lines from this book is “i think too much about people.” which is from a poem called “there should be a word for each kind of hot air balloon that exists.” This line is located approximately midway between two other lines which are seemingly direct contradictions of one another. Within a span of ten lines the narrator first declares love for another character, and then ultimately denies that very same love. I like something about the progression of events here. Our narrator seems particularly fickle in love (among other things) which is also an experience I can personally relate to.

Some of my other favorite lines include “everything that is good is bad for you” and “that chameleon has opened my heart in one thousand ways.” These lines seem to suggest, on the one hand, a kind of melancholy feeling regarding the paradoxical nature of what is healthful versus what is pleasurable, and on the other, a kind of susceptibility toward the whimsical nature of things which inhabit a world beyond our understanding.

According to the index page, the author stole sentences from other people. If so, I’m glad she did. She is doing them a favor by immortalizing their words. Words are immortal. Here are some words I would use to describe this book: clear, sweet, sentimental, naïve, innocent, curious, wondrous, marvelous, Mark Rothko.

I like Mark Rothko. This book contains illustrations, and I like them.

Some words taken out of I Am In The Air Right Now’s context which might be used to describe the book itself: fish, murder, native americans, rejection, puppets, diet coke, pollution, soup.

There is rain in Virginia right now. Rain is the air right now. Kathryn Regina is the air right now. Kathryn Regina is rain. Which reminds me, I need to replace my shower curtain soon. It’s getting moldy. Mold is caused by mold spores having sex with moisture, I think. Therefore, nevermind.


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