Being Psilly by Samuel John Ross
Published in 2011, Samuel John Ross’ collection of poetry ‘Being Psilly – Illustrated Poems 1999-2005’ is a beautiful blend of playful language and illustration, which along with the type-face, was also created by the author. Aside from poetry, Ross also heads up fleshprism.com – a website for visionary art, psychedelic poetry and alike.
The stories and meditations of Being Psilly are steeped in psychedelic imagery and Ross deftly employs the tripping theme in interesting ways, without falling into worn motifs and repetition. Questions of a personal nature, in self and relationships, are neatly entwined with the larger questions of life, the universe and everything; but always with a humour both dark and open. Poems like Youtopia and TheXpectATIONS of emptiNess ed hint at and play with more raw and troubled times; while others like Something Beautiful evoke lighter, but no less deeper, passions. Ross captures the glint of emotion and, with a lush linguistic dance, the setting and pace of his theatres too.
Words are soundly enriched when surrounded by hand-drawn, parachuting liberty caps, as the following are: “Fell off the tree, that may be / but no floor bangs your face / as you fall from paradise / and out into space…”. Although a dulcet amble enthuses the whole collection, allowing the reader to flow happily and quickly through its course, there is too much personality within the body of each individual poem not to warrant closer inspections along the way. From Elf Sex Plantary Too: “Is it strange to think / Every parcel of space / Contains an orgy of invisible creatures / That fuck to create? / Not babies, or pictures / No – their orgasm twitches / Are the stitches holding / Reality’s unfolding / In place…“.
Overall, a superb collection of entertaining and thoughtful poetry. There is a limited edition print run of one hundred copies: See http://www.fleshprism.com/p/fleshprismpress.html for more details.