Mike’s Great Stuff
AmericanMental, Luchador Press, 2020
Here is a poet making known the complaints that bounce around unexpressed inside our own heads, a kind of Larry David with line breaks. In a rare upbeat moment, he writes, "of course there's people/being born but" And it's in that but that the Jurkovic vision resides. In his universe, something's gone missing, the wife controls the Ambien, and Dylan was wrong.
Still, there's a bit of that Nobel Laureate running throughout American Mental, a kind of sub-Canadian worldsick blues, that propels the reader with great velocity, and wordplay, and original insight through its pages.
Tim Tomlinson is the author of Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poems), and This Is Not Happening to You (stories). He is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and teaches in New York University's Global Liberal Studies.