Schoonebeek's dark and percussive series of poems cracks the unconscious of the every-family. A god with jock itch, a son made of silence, the deadbolt night, the dirt, the milk and piss align paratactically to create a haunting portrait of ominous intimacy and American detritus. Let them unmake you.
Paging through Schoonebeek’s Family Album is like discovering a glowing scrapbook in the broke down junk shop of Americana. Uncovering the “heart of sawdust” and then brilliantly dismantling the dysfunction of family, country, and history, this collection opens sad but then tumbleweeds into an exhilarating and gorgeous lawlessness. Family Album is ghost town bondage: lonesome and painful, but so hot you won’t want it to stop.
Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (YesYes Books, 2014). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, jubilat and elsewhere. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. Find him here.
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