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J.A. Tyler Reviews I Am a Small Boy By Zachary Schomburg

I am a small boy

I Am a Small Boy

Poems by Zachary Schomburg with drawings by Ben Estes

Factory Hollow Press

$7.00

Reviewed by J. A. Tyler

I Am a Small Boy is a small chapbook.

I Am a Small Boy is full of small poems.

I Am a Small Boy is a small snippet of a great poet.

Ten poems accompanied by drawings from Ben Estes, I Am a Small Boy is another grand and stellar collection by the venerable Zachary Schomburg.

What I find most interesting about this book is how much volume Schomburg is fashions from so few poems, so few lines, so few pages. Here, as in both The Man Suit and Scary, No Scary, the evidence that language needs little to expand, that it can in fact be the grain and the world all at once, rivers of meaning informed by simple drops collecting.

This is a boy who is lost. This is a boy who is longing. This is a boy who is dead. This is a boy who doesn’t know what he wants or is or does or will be. This is a small boy.

When you die

a secret is revealed to you.

This happens to everyone.

But I think I already know

what the secret is.

Probably I am dead.

Maybe birth is the real death.

Maybe living is the secret.

I Am a Small Boy is another way of saying poetry can be small.

I Am a Small Boy is how language molds into drifts.

I Am a Small Boy is another round of Schomburg that is fascinating and sprite.

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