(pb; 2012: erotic poetry mini-anthology)
Lady Lack is a fifteen-page, excellent raunch-and-romance verse anthology, from its tell-don't-show pieces (e.g., "Puritanical Theories") to its visually-better pieces (see below) and its multipart mini-epics ("Fairy Tales"). Rampart, with engaging ease, pulled me into her thought-provoking work, whether she was blurring and challenging the lines of what (inherently) constitutes kink, how gender roles and carnal history really "mark" us as individuals, etc.
I didn't love every poem in this super-short collection, but every poem had some element - a line, a notion, a tone, whatever - that drew me in, sometimes challenged my outlook, and - more importantly - stuck with me, as a reader.
Superb verse anthology, this - one of my all-time favorites, as of this writing.
1.) "Hallulejah Roughrider": Good visuals in this one. This intense, effective poem contrasts the truth of a woman's sexual identity and desires versus her lover-perceived self and history.
2.) "It": One of my favorite poems in this mini-anthology. Swinging takes a toll on a couple - the last line caps the poem up with a stunning visual.
3.) "Scar Tissue": Sad-hued, semi-emotive revealing of a kink-minded and troubled sexual relationship. Was immediately immersed in this one.
4.) "Heart on a Chain": A woman's erotic devotion to her man - and vice-versa - conjures deeper, (possibly) ambivalent wonderings. Striking end-line to this.
5.) "Over the rainbow": Excellent poem about romance and raunchy familiarity with a lover. This is also one of my favorite poems in this collection, with some especially standout lines ("You are meat muscle magic without the / music. / You are a throbbing holiday, / a celebration.")
6.) "China Doll": Headrush-style write, merging rough sex and art.
7.) "The King Arises": Shakespeare-referencing take on the (possible) cause and effect of lust and death.
8.) "Pink Litter": Lust takes an especially dark and line-scattered turn.
9.) "The way of the world": The thrill of the new, and relative monogamy - enjoyable or not - are tested and reinforced. Incisive, effective.