Congratulations to Mel Bosworth on his chapbook WHEN THE CATS RAZZED THE CHICKENS & OTHER STORIES.
I received my fine-looking, hand-crafted copy from Folded Word Press, congratulations, Jessi Graustein, Managing Editor. (Thanks, Mel, for your very kind note on my copy :-)
There are twelve works in this collection, and they showcase Mel's range and talents. I liked the shifting style, tone, and mood: funny, flip, irreverent, tender, complex, honest, probing, and moving.
I liked "Sometimes Conditional," which read funny, moving, and honest.
"The Humble Origins of the Milky Way (Boys)" was another standout with a great last line.
Despite the fact that I'm not a beard fan (sorry, Mel!), I do enjoy narrative around objects, and really liked "Xyrophobic Me" -- I enjoyed the imagination here, and again the last line got me.
"Chivalry Lives" -- a fabulous micro, and one of my favorites in the collection.
"The Stumbling Conquistador," centers on issues of identity, a theme that always captures my imagination.
"Leave Me As I Lessen" is a great title, and the fine work behind it is my favorite piece from this collection.
Congratulations again, Mel, and well done. I envy you the feeling of holding this work in your hands.