Noise: art and words by Misti Rainwater-Lites
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another banger in the Misti Rainwater-Lites endless kaleidoscope of poetry collage art soap box mashup, this time from Gutter Snob Books.
“Misti Rainwater-lites’ Noise is a raw, tight little chapbook of big poems. In between the dicks, and egos attached to them, and between the love, hate and everything from fire to malaise, Rainwater-Lites delivers one of the best chapbooks I’ve read in a long while. Or maybe she’s just another human having a shitty experience in the midst of all this noise. And it is, all noise. Find yourself somewhere quiet so you can hear your heart proclaim “damn” time and time again, line after well-written line.” –Dan Denton, $100-A-Week-Motel (Punk Hostage Press)
“Misti Rainwater-Lites has always lived at the fringe of the public’s comfort zone. Her poetry over the years has been unapologetic and in your face, her collages so textured and layered with oppositional images, that despite wanting to look away, you can’t. Noise is such a collection. The sound in these poems and collages isn’t flamboyant and loud, but it is the static hum of a woman living in her own dimension. With age often comes wisdom and this is the case for Misti. She grabs you with a stoic playfulness in poems about sexual encounters both real or imagined and there is a sense of the mystical in the words that are laced with astrology and tarot. Misti looks with a side-eyed glare at the YouTube culture, at depression and its required meds, and at a world obsessed with first world problems. Noise has a certain tenderness scratching up through the surface of her poems that I’ve not experienced before. Take a chance. Go get your cards read by Misti Rainwater-Lites.”
–Aleathia Drehmer, Looking for Wild Things (Impspired, 2021)