Sunday, February 19, 2012

Charles Warnke

I usually don't write about things that aren't books, but this essay definitely deserves some space on my little corner of the internet.

Warnke has something very unique and lacking in today's literature. He has a true understanding of how words work together to create rhythms and soundscapes, which can be more powerful than the traditional authors' weapons of metaphor, symbol, and image. This is not to say his images aren't well-crafted and repulsive (Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub).  His blunt tone is shocking and captivating. He refuses to skirt around the grim realities of modern life ( Lapse into a bored indifference. Lapse into an indifferent sadness. Have a mid-life crisis. Grow old. Wonder at your lack of achievement). 

Most of all, I am impressed with his use of the imperative. It is very rare for an author to command his audience (or even recognize them). It reminds me of the medieval concept that a book is a mirror that reflects onto you, the more you read of it the more its image because part of you. By egging the audience on towards the weak, easy life he manages to get the reader to rebel, to desire more, which is one of the best things writing can do. 

Warnke is also pushing the literary world. It is refreshing to see a piece that isn't so hampered by conventional story craft and the expectation of critics and book agents. It is a free piece, there for anyone who will take it. It is honest and clear. 

I expect great things out of Mr. Charles Warnke. 

For those interested here is his website:

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