Dreaming Quick is an exhalation of keenly observant, profoundly written script. With a slight attachment to sketch, Brendan Kirk offers readers a glance of insightful youth as experienced moments, fleeting scenes, day trips and thoughtful excursions. The poetry of Dreaming Quick tenaciously calls for truth, though says it through the subtlety of nature or acquisitive interactions. While there is no denying a need for truth, the wonder of curiosity plays on the curves of Kirk’s words as well as the sense of knowledge behind man’s blind perception. Dreaming Quick is a brief wisp of the profound and luminous.
The book opens with “Observations Written Today,” a poem that sets the tone for an inquisitive , thought-provoking jaunt into the recesses of young, traveling writer: “men with faces of stiletto / shaded voices / long pony-tail / who at poetry workshops / tell old ladies how to make poems better / i do not understand that t.s. elliot poem / sorry mother I may have to disappear for a while / my mind is wet / and to write it hurts.” Like a curious child, Dreaming Quick also offers glimpses into memory and reverence, angst and seeming enlightenment of losing a parent, as well as revelations pure at the beginning of one’s journey. Cover art by Joshua Ellis. 29 pages.