Review of Lytton Smith’s New Book From Nightboat Books – While you were approaching the spectacle but before you were transformed by it

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This is a very handsome book. The jacket alone is one of the prettiest I have seen adorn

a poetry book in quite sometime. Minamalistic but when approached very closely you can

see colors, smaller places on the mountain, names and numbers, for us few closet cartographers this is like porn

Overall with most of the Nightboat Selection, These are very finely made books with a lot of heart, and a personal theme that seem to resonate. While I can’t go out and say that one of the poems in this book truly blew me away, I liked the way they turned, the page quality. There are times when Lytton really tries to mash things up, and to a large degree I enjoy the result, I just find that there may have been more chaos on the mountain when the map is on the cover, hidden from the pages below. I was always told that you can’t fall off a mountain. And I believe that.

If this book would have been written in the style of the cover present or in that manner of a cartographers inkspots, simply dirtier, more liable to crit, it could have been an eschelon higher in the bookshelf. This is the bottom Right corner

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Thats sexy text in my book.

I must say however as far as internal formatting to the poems, Lytton really has a deft hand, sometimes not enough, which makes this book overall an up and down trek, like we’ve never really been properly been transformed by it, maybe that was the point, but god damn its a nice looking book, and a fine addition to any proper gentleman of leisure. A+ Touchable Book. Almost as if traditional publishing might be losing an element of the leather stained roots it left with the advent of the dot matrix, and yet still the same canvass of old. A good solid selection overall, just wish it could have gotten a little bit more in the woods on the way down.

Text Samples Below.

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Check out the Map at Any of the Finer Bookstores

While You Were Approaching

The Spectacle But Before

You Were Transformed By It

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