By Blake Butler
"Within the psychic structure that's EVER, Blake Butler explores the way in which our bodies swell and agreement, going from epidermis to accommodate and again back. and how homes too reduce to slot us first like garments after which like pores and skin after which tighter nonetheless. the result's an odd, visionary ontological dismemberment that takes you way past what you'd ever expect"--Brian Evenson.
"Blake Butler is a bold invigorator of the literary sentence, and the room-ridden narrator of his debut novella, EVER, nerves her approach right into a hallucinative ruckus of rousing originality"--Gary Lutz.
"In EVER--as in, indicating any time some time past or future--light is entropic; 'the sky may well carry your dermis off'; family rituals are anamorphotic brain fucks granting 'no go out method'; and doorways won't open even if you don't try..."--Miranda Mellis.
"From within the mild I touched the sunshine. I knew the sunshine grew mildew within me. Or. Or what. i couldn't think."
EVER is a narrative of dust and lightweight and homes and metaphysical shifts in wide awake, shifts in physique and being and time. EVER is a narrative that leaves you feeling bruised and emotional and bigger than you have been before.
Blake Butler's sentences are frequently higher and extra entertaining than these of Lutz, McCarthy & to these of Williams and Lish. i believe Butler's sentences have a extra competitive sonic crucial. As you learn, you actually are (to use one in all EVER's common phrases) slushed alongside via sentences seriously marked by way of S's. And while Butler reverts to a sonically uninteresting sentence, usually containing the main poignant/banal comment, the phrases hit you that a lot tougher, as a result of the impression of all contained in the back of that sentence slamming ahead into you. And while the tone and composition of the sentences and paragraphs shifts, you're feeling it. It's a visceral switch.