On Thomas Ligotti’s Book, Death Poems

I'd been told I would love this book, I guess because I’ve had some “horror poetry” books published over the years. I do like the themes, tone, morbid world view, but that doesn’t make this guy a good writer nor this poetry remotely good, professional or successful in accomplishing what the author appears to be attempting. It fails, but is salvageable. Read to discover one area Ligotti falters in while successful authors with some similarities are mentioned as differentiations that could inspire Liigotti to up his game, improve his writing and hence his poetry and become more effective at what he does without losing "his voice."

An Intro to the Finnish Readers of Rendezvous’ssa re US Writer Scott C. Holstad, Circa 1993

When I started getting published in 1988-89, somehow -- I no longer remember how -- I came into contact with some Finnish writers, editors, publishers & magazines by at least 1990. At the time, Bukowski was very popular in Finland (& with me as well) & I'm afraid that like many, I emulated him just …

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