Review of Circus…

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http://thesmallpressbookreview.blogspot.de/2015/03/review-of-nicelle-davis-cheryl-gross-in.html

Upon reading the review I came to realize that some people are not comfortable with people sticking their heads in poodles mouths. Also my favorite drawing in the book is Rubber Boy. Yes he is a bit odd, but then again who isn’t. So what if his heart is below his sternum. Just makes him all the more interesting and lovable.

When asked how the book came about. Well, both Nicelle and I were both going through extreme life changes. Karmically we found each other and were able to take our experiences and turn them into art. We have Liz Bradfield and Broadsided Press to thank for our collaboration. This has lead to publishing several books and motion graphics/animations, which have traveled all over the world in many poetry film festivals, including Zebra 2012 and 2014, Berlin, and Video Bardo, Argentina, just to mention two.

From the reviewer Christy Crutchfield:

“While the book is full of imagination and surprise, the extended metaphor was sometimes too much for this reader, especially when I was pulled too far from the concrete.  There were times when I wanted more of the real, which might’ve been more disturbing than the figurative clowns or dead birds.  But the stories of famous sideshow freaks and their renderings in both verse and drawing kept this scary story enthusiast turning the pages.  (March 2015)”

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About cherylgross

Illustrator and author of the Z Factor. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and Circe, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at www.cmgross.com/pages/resume.htm for other accomplishments.
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