Book Reviews

Up Against Beyond by Jason Holt


Up Against Beyond includes selected poems from Holt’s previous collections, as long as thirteen new unpublished poems.

Holt writes experimental poetry with absence of titles—though the poet smartly addresses this peculiarity of his in one of his poems—punctuation and capitalization which make the collevtion’s navigation rather tenuous, but the playfulness in the syntax and the linguistic awareness compensates the reader.

Holt’s poems about writing are interesting, and so is his evolution throughout the years into shorter forms. I recommend the anthology for thoughtful reading. The title of the anthology came from the poem:

the only place to go
is up against beyond
what other challenge worthy
what other meaning
less than war
more than game
between covers of book or bed

Up Against Beyond is available for pre-order here.