Mind Static is a phenomenal, brutal and honest analysis of the life and times of Anne McMillen. It’s gritty, it’s shocking, and hard to put down. The first two in a series of three chapbooks, Mind Static grabs daily life of norms by the head and sends it through a grinder meshing everything into chaos, confusion, and contemplation of sordid images and poetic narratives spoken plainly in easy to understand and cutting language. From childhood on, the first volume examines the earliest years through the development of free thought and independence. This excerpt from the poem Mome is an excretion of poetry about her mother in all its brutal profundity, “Junk stained /in her prime, /she covered herself in steel after having / endured facial cancer’s torture. / How would you like / to have had / gone from prom queen / to missing your cheek bones, upper palate / and having your “teeth” hang from a hook / that was attached to some plastic shit / where your bones / use to be? / I never really knew her, she checked out early / before nursing homes / ever got involved.” The second volume of Mind Static is darker, more cutting, more jarring than the first! Life eviscerated by lost love, dreams and the waking nightmares of coming of age. Take, for example, the poem Our Relationship, “expendable. / isolation bliss. / pain is easier to comprehend even when / it’s faked. / you’re another whore reduced from horror. / we all deserve / a person / who will throw themselves away / in our name. / you can play jesus, / i’ll play the nail. ”
Mind Static is an observation of the self as much as society, these poems slice at it’s fabric. A collection of sobering yet insightful poetic anecdotes and narratives with inserts of wit and mental coital interruption make for a blood thirsty read into the savage landscape that Anne McMillen gives readers in her seminal collection, Mind Static! $7 Each. Watch for the final volume in March! Cover art by Michael Aaron Casares.