I've read and reread Deep & Gorgeous Thirst, and each time it feels new and amazing. It somehow covers the spread of happiness and destruction and love and loathing all somehow in a seemingly effortless read. I think part of the effortlessness is based in the fact that, each page follows some kind of loose timeline, but you're dropped into some kind of random situation every time, each one carrying a different tone/perspective. You're slowly let into a world of Hosho, which anyone who has truly lived can relate to. I love how He doesn't fuck around with titles, because there is no need. I've read all Hosho's other collections but this one is so different it's really inexplicable. Unabashed and Guts aflame are highly recommended too. One of my favorites in deep&gorgeous is definitely about stopping in for the coldest Budweiser ever poured in Wyoming. Another that comes to mind, is the poem, where Hosho's glad that we live in a world where brothers still stand up for each other as he busts through the staff doors at wendys and definitely the last poem in the book. The last poem leaves you after some kind of twisted journey of drunken madness in a vivid world with an ultimate sense of peace, some kind of conclusion that makes you feel like you've read a novel. And it's so overwhelming you can't help but smile with him, after all the adventures you've been through with him from highschool to adulthood, you feel he's found his place, and like the song goes, "there's nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile." I don't know what else to say, but I've pretty much read this book every other month through in a sitting or two, and it's still growing on me, I'm still finding more lines to love and more emotion in seemingly simplistic poetry/storytelling. Hosho you're killing it!
Oh and that indexing is amazing and hilarious, it's like some kind of tripped out map that you wouldn't expect to work, but is exactly on point.
Shit man...that's high praise. It was an ambitious book, and I was very happy about how it all came together. I'm glad the book worked for you as well as it did. I'm damn proud of it -- both in pieces, and especially as a whole.
Well Hosh, I suppose off of the top of my head, I would be interested in "37 Psalms from the Badlands." I know there are more, I have all the ones available on your website, and can't remember any others right now due to the early morning hours and brandy....
Well, the good news about that is eventually it will be expanded into Psalms from the Badlands -- which will have 150 "psalms" and will include all original 37. So they'll see the light of day again! At last count I had around 130...so that one is coming along nicely.