Removed he was on his own now
He is the dark where you are free too
Or could be if you join him there?
— Elias, from “Pervasive Solace”
Monday, January 25, 2016
Che Elias, A Pervasive Solace
Che Elias’s new poetry collection, A Pervasive Solace, is out from Six Gallery Press. I won’t review it per se, since I was closely involved in the book project, doing both the text and cover layouts, contributing my photographs to the cover, and being close friends. But I will say, completely subjectively, that it is some of his best work. Che is a total literary original; his diction is unique. I can’t think of anyone else who writes like him. Sometimes he is intense in his sincerity about writing about extreme situations or trauma; at other times his turn of thought or sudden observation is incredibly funny. Highly recommended.