About the BookBrice Maiurro's second full-length poetry book is an emotional ride with a court jester, full of truth and + imagination. Hero Victim Villain is unafraid to be relatable while being effortlessly original.
"Maiurro spills his mind onto the page with fervent energy, chasing after each notion through a series of rabbit holes as though it may never run its course. In his characteristic narrative prose style, he brings together a seemingly paradoxical combination of grim confessionalism and romantic idealism while inhabiting a surrealist world--a recognizable-yet-dreamlike corner booth of Denver, Colorado, where canaries swallow fire and poets swallow cities, where cities are moving, breathing characters comprised of the people who reside in them, and where people can make their blood stand still if they follow his directions...Through all of this abstraction, metacommentary, and philosophical curiosity, Maiurro remains a poet of the people, never straying into academic or literary pretense. Instead, he speaks onto the page like a punk-themed poetry night microphone for anyone willing to listen. All told, these poems make for an imaginative and readable collection by a storyteller who captivates readers whether they consider themselves fans of poetry or not."
-Tim Becker, Author of Sorrow Birds and New York City Bones
Our poetry is short on truth-telling these days, but high on aesthetics. Finally, we have Brice Maiurro. This collection is no-bullshit, accessible, and like a companion who has heard your agonies and reflects them back to the world. In conversation with poets like Eileen Myles and CA Conrad, the stanzas here are a persistent reframing of what we think we know about ourselves and the places we end up. When I read, "Boulder is getting a Tarot reading from Charles Schwab," I know we have a poet who isn't afraid of humor, or of shining a light on our own absurdities, which is greatly needed. Being without this collection is like being without a torch in a very dark wood.
-- Blake Edward, Author of 12x12 and Other Stories
This striking second collection of poetry from Brice Maiurro is full of hope, humor, and heartache. Hero Victim Villain chronicles a poet finding his voice and footing in an oftentimes chaotic and overwhelming world -- ultimately embracing life, one self-inflicted punch to the face at a time.
-- Steve Shultz, Author of FM Ghost
Brice Maiurro has quickly become one of the most pervasive names in the Denver literature scene. His caustic wit, emotional urgency, and lyrical wizardry are just as intoxicating at a live reading as on the printed page. Those who love the dizzying imagery of Howl or the celestial hedonism of William Blake will feel right at home with Hero Victim Villain.
-- Josiah Hesse, Author of The Carnality Series