We’re happy to have received word of a review of Big City Nighttime Stories (ISBN 978-0-6926-12682) in the Winter-Spring 2016 edition of The Rockford Review, published by the Rockford Writer’s Guild. The reviewer is editor Connie Kunst.
Big City Nighttime Stories (Middle Island Press, 103 pages, $16) by Gene McCormick is a collection of poetry available on Amazon or directly through the author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or mail check/money order for $16 to PO Box 51, Wayne, IL 60184.
Gene McCormick captures the “ugh” moments of places and people a little too well. I’ll just say it: his writing makes me uncomfortable. What is he going to unveil next? What dysfunction is he going to uncover? What underdog is he going to reveal? He’s unpredictable. I’ll just say it: his writing is fascinating. In this collection, we are reintroduced to “Ed” who is a regular in McCormick’s poetry. Ed sleeps with prostitutes, drinks too much, has a terrible diet, and regularly judges others, but I like the guy anyway. Sure, Ed is a loner and goes to all the dark places, but he does it all so colorfully. Ed and all of McCormick’s poems make for delightfully dark reading.
Thank You, Connie, from Middle Island Press!