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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.

30 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

    Kim

    Have you been to Kokomo? You should go. Laura Theobald writes like no one else. These poems are surprising, beautiful, sad, strange, tender, brutal and will stay with you, move in.

  3. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

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    Merlijn Karg

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    Tommy Sandri

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    Paul Cunningham

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    Mike Kleine

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    Shannon McLeod

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Jared Levine

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steve Comstock

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    Ethan

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    Katherine Brizendine

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    Jose Diaz

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    Jacqueline Garrity

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    Colleen

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    Marine

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    Paulina

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    William Meredith

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