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The Beach Boys sang, “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo. That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.” But KOKOMO is also the name of Laura Theobald’s newest collection of poems. It’s a book where you'll wanna go to get away from it all. Theobald’s poems unabashedly invite you to escape with her to the private island of her mind. On these invisible b The Beach Boys sang, “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo. That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.” But KOKOMO is also the name of Laura Theobald’s newest collection of poems. It’s a book where you'll wanna go to get away from it all. Theobald’s poems unabashedly invite you to escape with her to the private island of her mind. On these invisible beaches, loneliness and desperation reign, and comfort is found in the companionship of a cat or in holding your favorite stuffed animal, in baking cakes and stuffing butterflies into jars. These poems don’t shy away from bodily functions or how difficult it is to be a poet if you don’t leave your house. This book is for anyone who has ever drowned in their own heartbreak and enjoyed it. This book is for anyone. This book is for no one. This book is for you. Come on, let’s go to Kokomo.


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The Beach Boys sang, “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo. That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.” But KOKOMO is also the name of Laura Theobald’s newest collection of poems. It’s a book where you'll wanna go to get away from it all. Theobald’s poems unabashedly invite you to escape with her to the private island of her mind. On these invisible b The Beach Boys sang, “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo. That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all.” But KOKOMO is also the name of Laura Theobald’s newest collection of poems. It’s a book where you'll wanna go to get away from it all. Theobald’s poems unabashedly invite you to escape with her to the private island of her mind. On these invisible beaches, loneliness and desperation reign, and comfort is found in the companionship of a cat or in holding your favorite stuffed animal, in baking cakes and stuffing butterflies into jars. These poems don’t shy away from bodily functions or how difficult it is to be a poet if you don’t leave your house. This book is for anyone who has ever drowned in their own heartbreak and enjoyed it. This book is for anyone. This book is for no one. This book is for you. Come on, let’s go to Kokomo.

20 review for Kokomo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    "one poet said if I don't start leaving the house my poetry will suffer but I'm tired of going places it's hot everywhere looks like crap"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lindgren

    This tidy collection of brief, pungent, faintly surrealist lyrics by Cubana American Floridian Laura Theobold, by way of indie Disorder Press, registers as rather slight but carries substantial charm. One gets the impression of a vulnerable and sensitive soul who registers love and sunlight, heartbreak and darkness, with seismographic precision. Hints of co-dependency, body dysmorphia, drug abuse, and "thinking about death / like 40 percent of the time" peek out from behind the short, unrhymed l This tidy collection of brief, pungent, faintly surrealist lyrics by Cubana American Floridian Laura Theobold, by way of indie Disorder Press, registers as rather slight but carries substantial charm. One gets the impression of a vulnerable and sensitive soul who registers love and sunlight, heartbreak and darkness, with seismographic precision. Hints of co-dependency, body dysmorphia, drug abuse, and "thinking about death / like 40 percent of the time" peek out from behind the short, unrhymed lines; a kind of skewed but unforced feminism ("women are never afraid in porn") informs the give-and-take of daily interactions. Like much contemporary poetry, "Kokomo" feels both essentially autobiographical and performatively self-revealing -- the unhelpful neologism "autopoetry" comes to mind. How one feels about this as a poetic genre or mode of expression will determine how one feels about "Kokomo." The cover art is outstanding.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    this book is special. order one here: http://disorderpress.com/store/kokomo

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Sandri

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kleine

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Jackson

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon McLeod

  9. 5 out of 5

    Babak

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mia

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jared Levine

  12. 4 out of 5

    sologdin

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve Comstock

  14. 5 out of 5

    slimes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Brizendine

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jose Diaz

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Garrity

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alyazia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Merlijn Karg

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