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"Floodgate Poetry Series, Vol. 5" collects three chapbooks in a single volume: Sarah Rebecca Warren’s "Price of Admission," Derrick Weston Brown’s "On All Fronts" and T.R. Hummer’s "Dark Meter."
This is the fifth volume in the Floodgate Poetry Series, edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. Chapbooks — short books under 40 pages — arose when printed books became affordable in the 16th century. The series is in the tradition of 18th- and 19th-century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.
"The 20 poems that make up T.R. Hummer’s 'Dark Meter' present prosodic correlatives — dark meters — for the dark matter that grasps and warps the sanity and moral conscience of the body politic in the 21st century, rendering us helpless, unable or unwilling to define, much less correct, our collective psychosis. TR Hummer’s 'Dark Meter' paradoxically illumines this baleful gravity and shapes it into works of art, as did Poe, Baudelaire and Rimbaud before him. There is no more essential task of the poet."