Posts Tagged ‘Writhing & Alive’


Beginning with “Yellow Daffodils” to “The Great Poets” and nearing the end to “Be Kind. Rewind.”, west coast poet, Mike Meraz has left yet another beautiful and breathless dent in my heart.

Since his last collection of poems from “Writhing & Alive” comes a whole new collection of observational poetry delivering more delicious punch than ever before, accompanied by a remarkable illustration.

“WATCHING IT BURN” houses forty-one modestly written undersized poems ranging from self-absorption to self-awareness to self-appreciation thus allowing readers to understand that poets don’t necessarily have to write in the traditional poetic sense first in order to make a proclamation nor that it has to be lengthy, second. And that writing everyday specifics and anecdotes, and lastly transforming them into great pieces of literary free verse art can be just as purposeful and fulfilling as in Mike Meraz’s latest chapbook.

Right from the start, Mike Meraz’s poetry not only pulls the reader in, his poems keep the reader there, keep’s the reader turning the pages right up until the end. A sure delight and an awe inspiring read, “Watching It Burn” lives up to exactly what it means.

-Devlin De La Chapa
Editor of BoySlut

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