In the Circus of You ePUB ï In the MOBI :º


  • Paperback
  • 104 pages
  • In the Circus of You
  • Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross
  • English
  • 07 February 2015

10 thoughts on “In the Circus of You

  1. Chris - Quarter Press Editor Chris - Quarter Press Editor says:

    Admittedly I thought this would be very different It's not often that I approach a manuscript with any expections In fact I tend to do everything I can to know as little as possible about a book before I read it However after having read a peer's review I constructed some bizarre concept of what I thought this should be I wanted to read that book so much that I was surprised by it being so different than what I had imagined I don't fault the book in this I simply offer it as a preface to take this review at that valueEven with being so side tracked by my own wants and conceptions of the work Davis' has some wonderful poems and some startling and beautiful images that can't be ignored Honestly I'm not sure if this really deserves the novel in poems title as it felt a bit too abstract in a traditional story sense to fully be considered a novel However it's still heartbreaking horrific and macabrely beautiful Gross' illustrations add to this sense as well since they are so grotesue yet have their own aesthetic beauty to them In the end if you're expecting of a poetry collection rather than a cohesive novel then I'm sure you'll love this However compared to other poem novels that I've read this is by far the most abstract Beautiful and haunting? Yes Cohesive and narrative? I leave that to you


  2. Susan Susan says:

    This book was difficult to put down What a work of dark art I was on fire after reading the first poem “I Drive Our Son around Every Day at Noon” Nicelle Davis garners empathy for her subjects through honest grotesuely human imagery “His chest rising collapsing in time with bird wings” The artwork by Cheryl Gross serves a twisted reminder of our own afflictions We all hide them well but this collection exposes them for a circus – the artwork gives poverty a dingy contorted visual and our anxiety a gnarled truth


  3. Sarah Cavar Sarah Cavar says:

    AMAZING This book is an absolute treasure such an accomplishment of genre marrying collaboration that finds within real life the grotesue the sublime and the surreal I read this in one sitting broken only by a break to write a poem inspired by this endlessly generative text


  4. Brian Brian says:

    It's hard to put my finger on exactly what I didn't like about this book but I think perhaps there was a general feeling that it could have beendone The poems stay very true to theme but as such become very repetitive with recurring images and references doing to bring me out of poems than into them The individual poems are not to my taste but they're certainly highly emotive and evocative; their impact is dulled by repetition however The 8th reference to a pig's head or a pigeon's nest or a necklace of string and bones gets a bit tired There's a story element here yes but there was a loss of power in there somewhere I'd absolutely love to see poetry books make use of correlative artwork though It's something that I don't think has been adeuately explored


  5. Brenda Brenda says:

    Imagine a visual manifestation of an Ack mutating and replicating into carousel animals that strain to reach each other’s tails Imagine all the stages of evolution that occur in utero reversing and pirouetting and giving each other the finger Imagine the sideshow inside yourselfPoet Nicelle David and Cheryl Gross have constructed a marvel of a book They call it “An Illustrated Novel in Poems” but some books are so defiant they won’t be kept to genre labels I expect to read this one like Gabriel Betteredge does Robinson Crusoe in Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone or as many folks do the Bible for years to come Close eyes open book point to random spot on page open eyes discover endless inspiration


  6. Leah Angstman Leah Angstman says:

    Full review coming soon to


  7. R.l. R.l. says:

    As a lover of experimental form I'm always looking for clever and fresh ways to tell a story and I was thrilled to see how Nicelle Davis does it here In the Circus of You is a book of poetry yes but it's also a complete story Each poem stands beautifully on its on but at the same time you can step back and see a story arc and even importantly to me a character arc These poems engaged me right from the start connected me to the narrator I'm invested and by the end I feel I know this person And the illustrations by Cheryl Gross are the icing on the cake It's really a beautiful collaboration between the author and the illustrator Like all the books put it out by Rose Metal Press this one has become a favorite It's one that I carry with me and I'm constantly going back to it Highly recommend this book to all my writer friends especially those of you who enjoy experimental formFTC Disclosure I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review


  8. David David says:

    This is cool in concept and actually manages to pull that concept off I could get into the artwork or the poems individually but they aren't even really separate the way I saw it They complement deepen and work off of each other I look at it as a multimedia whole an imaginative and insightful as well as unsettling and moving whole This is some good stuff It definitely pushes some form boundaries for me but clearly isn't doing so as just an exercise to see if it can be done It works and it works well


  9. Michelle Gragg Michelle Gragg says:

    I really debated between 3 and four stars This book is probably 35 for me But the intro and little piece at the end really made it better for me The theme of divorce and psychiatric medication did not resonate with me But the theme of motherhood did The illustrations are interesting not necessarily my type but they do add to the novel a bit A few of the poems really resonated with me Interesting read I recommend reading it through as one piece not spacing out the separate poems I got a lot out of it reading it all together


  10. Amanda Amanda says:

    I feel bad giving this an 'ok' review because I'm definitely no expert on poetry so this may be fabulous poetry and I don't know it That said my review is based on the fact that to me it was only ok There were a couple of poems on the topic of divorce that resonated me but for the most part I felt pretty lost and confused In our Rumpus online chat the illustrator who did a great job interpreting these poems was very interesting and had clear enthusiasm for the project but it was still only ok for me


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