Room For Joy
By Brandon Melendez
I bought this hand-made chapbook from Brandon for $10 on Venmo after I saw him perform at the Cambridge Riverside Fest. He’s clearly a slam poet, or at least be one, with a booming voice and personality. I liked this poems, especially the self-portrait as Pokemon ones, which reminded me of my own strange poetry projects to write poems across a theme.
The chapbook is good, a set of 13 poems, and had heard him perform several. Their layout on the page is so different to the performance.
He had one poem with many footnotes, which had their line breaks denoted with forward slashes, which was strange and I could not figure out how to read.