REVIEW: BITE ME!: MUSINGS ON MONSTER AND MAYHEMJOE ROSENBLATT (THE PORCUPINE’S QUILL)

These days the need to escape our everyday reality is palpable. With surprising depth and incredible syntax, Joe Rosenblatt’s Bite Me! offers a chance to slip into a light-hearted fantasy world filled with creatures and camp.

While there are no shortage of cephalopods and carnivorous flowers, one might assume the book is merely a work of whimsy. But there are moments of tender sincerity, too. The metaphor of monsters in the world gives the sad, chilly horrors of life a home, so that they no longer have to inhabit our physical bodies.

This book tackles the truths of mortality, ostracism and grief while laughing in the face of danger:

Time drifting as a bottom-feeder makes a meal of us.
And as it moves, nibbling sediment, it emits a squeak.

Monsters are truly everywhere. Usually, though, they look just like us.


You can purchase your copy of Bit Me! from The Porcupine’s Quill.