Stan Rogal starts ( sub rosa ), his seventh collection of poetry, by defining the rose as a highly complex symbol. The book itself is also highly complex, and often symbolic. Structured around the vibrantly sensuous paintings of Jacquie Jacobs, Rogal composes poems infused with pop-culture, mythology and irreverence. At times mocking and dark, but always sexy, the poems explore what the poet draws from the paintings. Expect classical references beside pop song lyrics, dark insights besides laughter, and read for the sheer exuberance of Rogal's love of word play.
"Rogal [clutches] nine paintings by Jacquie Jacobs, off of which he riffs into a language of minimalist music and the sensuality of framentation. ( sub rosa ) turns a kaleidoscope filled with erotic dreams, rose petals, atomic mushrooms, salamanders, and the bric-a-brac of a modern mind overrun with stuff." – Harold Rhenisch, ARC, Winter 2004
Review (Harold Rhenisch, ARC, 12/1/2004)
"sub rosa turns a kaleidoscope filled with erotic dreams, rose petals, atomic mushrooms, salamanders, and the bric-a-brac of a modern mind overrun with stuff."
Review (Jeffery Donaldson, University of Toronto Quarterly 74, 11/1/2004)
"Rogal uses an eclectic syntax, a fresh, sharp-edged diction, with biblical and popular-cultural cross references."
Review (Tanis MacDonald, The Malahat Review, 9/1/2004)
"Though its lush presentation seems to propose a grave discussion about sexual profundity, <sub rose> is occasionally rude and often hilarious, making the discovery of its frank and funny sensibilities all the more fun."
Other Titles by Stan Rogal
Fabulous Freaks (2005)