There is a whole generation out there of readers weaned on teenage wizards and supernatural romances who, quite naturally, have come to think of literature as something inherently magical. When it comes to poetry, they are quite often disappointed. From their perspective, the problem with the contemporary work they are encouraged by professors to admire isn’t that it is too mature, too academic, too dryly cynical or too baldly confessional—the more fundamental issue is that it isn’t even fictional. In this regard, M.V. Montgomery’s new collection What We Did With Old Moons is clearly an exception. In the playful spirit of Calvino or Saint-Exupéry, it spins myths out of ancient rituals and urban legends, made-up monsters and divinities, familiar and alien worlds. It is a funny and entertaining book likely to remind readers of all backgrounds what they once expected from and loved about poetry.
“Whimsical, never heavy-handed, yet still showing a great depth of emotion, Montgomery’s collection is a wonderful catalog of longing, brimming with histories—both real and imagined—that will enchant until the very end.”
—Robert James Russell, author of Sea of Trees
“M.V. Montgomery’s poems are funny, contemporary, and clever.”
—Philip Vermaas, Editor of Misfits’ Miscellany
“If F. Scott Fitzgerald hadn’t sometimes bored me to tears, his name would have been M.V. Montgomery.”
—Cole Knight, Editor of Circus of the Damned
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