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Reading Garish Trouble is like filling your mouth at midnight with grain alcohol and then blowing it out over a lit matchstick, the dark world before your eyes going bright in a ball of flame. These are stories of dread and devastation, of cruelty and suffering, but they explode into scalding beauty, one after another, their agonies transformed by the artfulness of their narration. -Seth Michelson (writer, teacher) Los Angeles, California
ان لم يمتلك الادب اديبا لا يسطتيع ان يكتب بشكل جيد بعد مطالعة كتاب -روبرت ماسترسون-اعتقد انه كاتب مندمج كليا مع الادب لدرجة اصبح هو والادب واحدا -Aline Khano, Beirut, Lebanon
The imagination of R. Masterson dwells in that twilit zone of cold war material culture and spiritual confusion that erupts beneath the American psyche. The poisoning of innocence is here described with wry humor and persistent insight; here is Whitman and Tarkovsky playing nine-pins with Barbie and G.I. Joe; here is the reader searching everywhere for the exit, while not really wishing to find it, wondering, if indeed there is one. – M. Djinn Moor Moore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize,
Robert Masterson is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, and the author of Garnish Trouble (forthcoming in July from Finishing Line Press), Artificial Rats and Electric Cats (Camber Press, 2008) numerous publications and on numerous websites throughout the world. Masterson’s teaching has taken him to the People’s Republic of China and penal institutions. He received the 1987 Creative Writing Fellowship from the University of New Mexico and the first Ted Berrigan Scholarship from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1993. An English professor at the City University of New York’s Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, Masterson holds both a BA and an MA (with distinction) in English Literature from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; an MFA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics; and a weird little academic certificate from Shaanxi Normal Univeristy in the People’s Republic of China.
Robert Masterson’s poetry was published in Issue #15 of Cha.