Beksiński's propensity for using images of death and decay to bring his visions of "utopian realism" and surreal architecture to life is an ideal springboard for horror fiction in literature. Beksiński's fans recognize his use of the likenesses of skeletons, human deformities, crucifixions, and similar morbid guises to depict post-apocalyptic scenarios.
Gray's poetic interpretations of Beksiński's pieces share a remarkable semblance with them. I found his claims to inspiration notably evident in his verse. His striking diction brings forth the themes of eternal love, human mortality and sexuality, and beauty found in Beksiński's designs. His style of mostly unrhymed verse combined with varying, however meticulously controlled, metrical schemes produces a profound emotional effect. Gray's collection of odes to Beksiński's achievements seems to meet William Wordsworth's expectations that "all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." This chapbook is a win for me.
I give Come Fly with Death 5 / 5 stars.
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