A rare look at the broken man in his natural environment: a wasteland of pizza, shark flicks, porn, and beer. GITCH's only escape is through the pen, and if it were not so, the fine art of handmade explosives.
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“In The Aftermath, etc., poet Rob Geisen (writing as Get in the car, Helen) mounts an astoundingly affectionate all-out assault on heterosexual male grief and loss and does so in a way that draws upon an array of comedic surreal phanopoetic vernacular traditions. Amped up by accurate, lyric, mass media hysterics as well as a naked, private despair, this series of poems to/of ‘Helen’ simultaneously appear as glittery and vapid as an extended Geico commercial, yet as rich and transformative as the ‘idiot’ Trungpas of the Mishap Lineage.”
- Jim Cohn, author of The Ongoing Saga I Told My Daughter
“The Aftermath, etc. goes after the topic of romantic love with a meat cleaver and a machete. It takes no prisoners and allows no quarter. Get in the car, Helen is unabashedly honest and open with a life chiseled out from the pain of a broken heart and life. What’s left is raw, exposed flesh. Something true, real, and dangerous lurks within these poems in a time when it does not pay to show your rage or sorrow or to be dangerous. Get in the car, Helen even manages to squeeze blood from a stone in the form of laughter over broken bits of memories that used to be a heart. There is immense beauty within his use of language, complex nuance within his metaphors, and the hidden wisdom of the hurt locked inside the tragedy of the story. With pop culture in one holster and righteous rage in the other, Get in the car, Helen shoots for the reader’s hearts as well as guts, but even in the midst of all the thrashing and excrement, one thing remains absolutely clear—this book was written because of love, for love, and in remembrance of love.”
- Olatundji Akpo-Sani, of Baobob Tree Press
"A cacophony of analogy, pop-culture wit and illustrative word-craftery where the words 'vagina,' 'cheeseburger' and 'gobble' can exist in the same sentence. The Aftermath, etc. is a rare look at the broken man in his natural environment: a wasteland of pizza, shark flicks, porn and beer. Seemingly, his only escape is through the pen, and if it were not so, the fine art of handmade explosives. No one can make me chuckle-and-puke-a-little-in-my-mouth-at-the-same-time quite like Get in the car, Helen."
- Andi Todaro, author of Why My Penis Is Bigger Than Yours
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Paperback: 104 pages / Poetry
Published: May 2010
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