We’ve received a review of Jupiter Works on Commission by Illinois poet Jack Phillips Lowe (a poetry chapbook recently published by Middle Island Press) which we would like to share here at Poetica~Place.
It was penned by NYC writer/singer/teacher Megan DiBello and was accepted by Midwest Book Review for the November edition of their “Reviewer’s Bookwatch”:
“Like an acrostic poem of the words “average joe”, Jack Phillips Lowe’s book, Jupiter Works on Commission, runs like the x axis of vignettes defining the relationship between social classes in real life chronicles where humans wear their career to work. A harsh reality most encounter is the need for survival on an economy of living to learn to love to work. If you want to know what it’s like to live in America’s society, read what feels like a biography of one who built this country with generations of hard work. From the normalcy of Norman Rockwell to those stepping outside of his paintings and into a more modern summation of a Dorothea Lange photograph, Lowe creates citizens who wear a library of masks; made from hourly wages, salaries, and the emotions that derive from tired feet, the need for a good meal, and a safe place to call home. In his honest approach towards defining a civilian, with non-cynical commentary, it is aptly remarkable how his historical timeline, drives off the x and y axis of this acrostic lifestyle he creates, to show how life is more like a parabola. Like getting a rejection letter in the mail, his words push kind to a new xy generation.”
Thank You, Megan!
Copies of Jupiter Works on Commission are available via Amazon.com.
Jack Phillips Lowe also has a new poem posted on the Poetry Super Highway, and his book is in the hands of a few reviewers, so we’ll keep readers posted.