Sunday, December 13, 2009
Review of Think Tank for Human Beings in General - a poetry chapbook by Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr.
Review by Glen Binger
When does literature provoke more than emotion? Is it possible for literature to ask more than a question? Jordan Castro and Richard Wehrenberg Jr. certainly think so. And they have to evidence to prove it.
Once the reader dismisses the inappropriate overuse of quotation marks, incorrect capitalization, and various other grammatical errors, Castro and Wehrenberg inspire a sense of belonging within their new poetry collection. Their self-printed chapbook, Think Tank for Human Beings in General, illustrates eighteen poems that continuously echo through the readers’ thoughts. They ask questions. They answer questions. They contemplate new questions. Then invite you to speculate possible new answers.
Both Jordan and Richard include nine poems, splitting the chapbook directly in half. While their styles somewhat develop into a similar blend, each author presents a very different emotion within each poem. Their vivid use of language keeps the vocabulary from being watered down. It keeps it fresh and it keeps it interesting. The poems create a vague feeling of serenity and calmness, as unusual as they are. And it absolutely works.
Not once while reading did I find myself asking, “are we there yet?” Jordan and Richard do an excellent job keeping the reader entertained. The concepts are relatable and the language is enjoyable. From to do lists that make you feel as if you are capable of anything to snow-people who cause you to feel existential, Think Tank for Human Beings in General is a chapbook well worth the read.
It is available for purchase now for 3 dollars at the website. I suggest you pick up a copy.
Currently listening to: "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon