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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review of Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur: Boston 1974 - 1983

Doug Holder hears voices. Lots of them! He channels these voices through his maturely manufactured, yet wholly internalized, persona, a replica of his younger, offbeat self. Holder’s persona specializes in self-deprecation, perceptiveness, and smart-alecky truth-telling. Consider the catch word of his title – poseur. Make sure you give it the appropriate French pronunciation with an elitist air, and see how it colors everything that comes after. The inset photo of Holder on the cover of this chapbook only adds to the effect. Tellingly, the specter of life’s brutality always seems to hover in and over the fabric of each of these funky prose poems, teasing out some pretty unusual insights. For more of my review go here:  http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2015/06/portrait-of-artist-as-young-poseur-by.html

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