The Deathbed Editions: Black Atlas, Blood Work, and Michael Madonna
Author: Dan Hoy
Publisher: Octopus Books (2016)
Dan Hoy's trilogy, The Deathbed Editions, is an ambitious debut collection of his three full-length poetry books (Black Atlas, Blood Work, Michael Madonna). With its mystic yet colloquial lyricism, Deathbed evokes an apocalyptic landscape of political unrest and ecological collapse, of paranoia and redemption, cycling through messianic prophecy, solomonic magic, alien invasions, blood alchemy, solar ecstasy and the erotic, lyrical wreckage of dueling pop icons. On the deathbed of civilization, "the world / is the end of the world," and the apocalypse reveals itself not as an imminent reckoning but as an immanent condition erupting across all bodies—our physical bodies, our collective bodies and the body of Earth.
If the future
has no future
this is where I wait for you.