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Juggling Fire, Blindfolded

Publication: Broken Pencil
Author: Armstrong, Neal
Date published: January 1, 2015
Language: English
PMID: 85295
ISSN: 12018996
Journal code: BKNP

Juggling Fire, Blindfolded Chapbook, Eric Evans, Ink Publications,

This poetry collection all but ignites in your hand, so infused is it with the force of fire. Eric Evans really lights it up in chronicling a romantic relationship - from its passionate beginning to its smoldering end. Although many of the poems are emotionally raw, the nerves are always tempered with a sense of humour and musicality.

The melodious tone is set up in the opening author's note where he thanks artists such as Wilco, Patti Smith, John Coltrane, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, both the book and movie High Fidelity. Evans balances the tension between a sonorous poetic voice and visceral passion (or despair) much like his titular fire juggler; thankfully his blindfold never causes the fire to come crashing down.

The first poem of the collection sets up the theme that carries through all of these pieces: love, loss of love, and love's redemption after loss. He spies on a happy couple in a restaurant, commenting "They just don't know that one / day the little things, so small / and quaint and inconsequential, / will become big and bigger, / maybe even monumental..." This is one of the few times when Evans places the lens on another. Generally in this book, the focus is on himself and his (ex-)wife. These are poems of passion and sex poems and love poems. They are all rather engaging and so funny and sad that quoting them here won't do them justice. Fans of poetry that is direct and filled with heartbreak and humour must check out this chapbook. (Neal Armstrong)

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The Anatomy of a Cratedigger

"Evans' is making photos out of words here, capturing what's sad and amazing, grainy and memorable in each moment, reaching for what is worth hanging on to and hinting at what exists outside each frame."
- Quimby's Bookstore

The Halo Effect

"A collection of five poems cascading ... in streams of rhyming couplets ... great poetry slam material..."
- Zine World

Punk Rock for Hip Statisticians

"...poems dealing with punk rock, sex and various musings running the emotional gamut from the contemplative to the angry ... short prose masquerading as poetry ..."
- Zine World

"Evans has impressed me in the past ... [and] ... this collection does not disappoint. Punk Rock For Hip Statisticians [is] a passionate, heavy collection of work, well worth your money"
- Blind Man's Rainbow

A Beat Too Long

"There are definite moments of vivid imagery ... his figurative language is strong ... if you even vaguely enjoy Eric's work, then check this out. "
- Blind Man's Rainbow


"[Evans] writes poems of quiet resignation and pensive thoughtfulness ... a combination of strong imagery and smoldering anger ... "
- Factsheet Five

Hell or Cleveland

"... these poems show the range of moods to be found in the urban landscape ... in a quiet, elegant style ..."
- Factsheet Five

"... Hell Or Cleveland will keep you engrossed ... one of the better chapbooks I've read in a while."
- Amusing Yourself To Death

"Good writing, good reading."
- Zine World

"... [Evans] celebrates the beauties of our mortal existence ... [with] scarcely a dollop of dishonesty."
- Mandrake Poetry Review

Tristero Rapid Post

"Erotic, romantic, punk rock, raucous and dangerous. These are poems drawn rather than written."
- The Quarterly Pearl

"... wry poetry rich in metaphor and description ... the poems are beautifully wrought and touchingly serene ... this chapbook is terrific ... "
- Lucid Moon