Reading Tyler Brewington & Kelly Schirmann’s split-book Boyfriend Mountain is like the best sleepover ever, that late-night freakout time when the real gets giddy & Truth-or-Dare demands only truth, more truth & forever truth. The two individually written halves of the book use the same title, Boyfriend Mountain, & as Brewington collects moments of attention & knotting & scattering into a disjunctive & projective wisdom, Schirmann deals & redeals the cards of her experiences, not to compete but to show how each hand can be tragic & beautiful. Both poets work in a confessionalism that owes as much to Adrienne Rich & O'Hara as it does to Catullus & entwined within one spine these two demonstrate the permeability of our experiences & relationships, how we climb & fall off these cliffs of love & fear & bodies & joy.
"Boyfriend Mountainis a book where falling in love also means confronting your own mortality. It's a place where the joy of domesticity and the wrath of the apocalypse are part of the same thought. Where boyfriends aren't really boyfriends, but the idea of what a boyfriend might represent." [Read the review in the Portland Mercury]
Joshua James Amberson
Tyler Brewington is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His chapbook Dear Stray Volcano was published by Alice Blue in fall 2013. He is from Boise, Idaho.
Kelly Schirmann is the author of Activity Book (NAP, 2014) & the co-author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia, 2013). She sings in the band Young Family & runs BLACK CAKE, a web-based audio-chapbook label for contemporary poetry recordings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, & also at kellyschirmann.com.
8.75" x 5.675" Perfect Bound/Paperback