Written by: Robin Spriggs
Published by: Anomalous Books (September 1, 2010)
Page Count: 116
Where to buy: Anomalous Books, Amazon, and other fine book retailers
Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, this collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination.
About the Author:
Robin Spriggs is the author of Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny, Capes & Cowls: Adventures in Wyrd City, The Dracula Poems: A Poetic Encounter with the Lord of Vampires, and nearly 200 short stories and poems that have appeared in a wide variety of publications. In addition to writing, he performs on both stage and screen and serves as a mentor and life coach to a diverse circle of poets, artists, madmen, etc. He is currently at work on no fewer than nine projects, his next book among them.
Hello Ghouls and Boils,
Today I am pleased to present you with a phantastic poetic journey – Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist by Robin Spriggs. Robin has been a reader of She Never Slept for some time. When I found out he had a new book on the shelves this September, I did not hesitate to ask for a review copy. I had read Mr. Spriggs’s work here and there, but had yet to read a collection of his. I am happy to say that I am now eager to read more… but I shall tease you no longer, let us get to the review. Enjoy, my fiends!
Sarah L. Covert
What is a prose poem? In the forward of Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, Publisher J.P. Fortner tries to tell us just that. But, as he so eloquently states, if you ask two people what a prose poem is – you will undoubtedly get two different answers. Merriam-Webster defines it as: ‘a composition in prose that has some of the qualities of a poem’. For me this is too simple a definition. As a writer myself, prose poetry is one of my favorite forms. I would define it this way: a prose poem is something that is summoned from the soul that defiantly disobeys the rigid rules of meter and rhyme. Robin Spriggs does this and takes things farther – with a journey you will not soon forget.
When I first picked up the book I was not sure what to expect. As I said earlier, I had read pieces of Mr. Spriggs work here and there – but had yet been exposed to a collection of his work. I must state that calling this a collection really does it a great disservice. This book is much more than a mere collection. It doesn’t read like a “normal” book of prose poetry. It is a humours, horrific, magicial, maddening, strange, sad, mystical, and wondrous set of poems that is connected like a jigsaw puzzle from beginning to end.
Because I don’t want to ruin this strange voyage for you, wicked ones, I will not go into detail about individual poems but speak of the book as a whole. Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a twisted piece of work that evokes the full spectrum of emotions in the reader. Robin Spriggs skillfully leads you along a path that is often not taken – perhaps for good reason, as it is a dangerous one to tread. But there is no need to fear with Mr. Spriggs as your leader. This eloquently written and devilishly charming book surprised me again and again, as I absorbed each poem and contemplated what they meant to me. When I got to the end, I wanted to read it again… and I did. Upon the second reading I was transfixed and made even more connections – I am sure some new neurons sprouted.
Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist has earned a special place on my bookshelves and Robin Spriggs has earned a special place in my heart along side T.S. Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Allen Ginsburg, and Charles Bukowski. I have longed for a new generation of great poets for some time… and if Mr. Spriggs is any indication of what is to come – perhaps that genisis has arrived. He has certainly inspired me to pick up the pen once more! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys prose poetry, dark poetry, strange tales, or has an interest in occultism. I would also challenge those who have shunned poetry in the past to give this book a read — you may be surprised. I give this book a 5 out of 5. Bravo Robin – keep writing!
Sarah L. Covert, Creator/Editor/Reviewer