The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse
Praise For The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse
"Gabriel Welsch's remarkable third collection boisterously offers up a wonderfully imaginative romp through the wilds of pop-culture and various amusing suburban conflicts. These poems are at once hilarious and tender in their resolve to praise the very pulse of a busy life-even if we face the knowledge that 'loss fires the blood/ loss starts the day, blood fired is the day.' In poem after poem, Welsch displays a rare understanding of what it means to reward the reader by uncovering wild, brave, and beautiful truths about the human condition."
--Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Lucky Fish
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Praise from Pank
Reviewer Anne Champion praises the humor in The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse but explains "Welsch doesn’t settle for simple poems that amuse: his poems move deftly from comedy to moving reflection," with "many poems turn[ing] out to be surprisingly philosophical." She lauds Welsch for "enrich[ing] the craft of this collection through his adept use of lyrical moments and lines," and later explains "Welsch, who also writes fiction, exhibits a dazzling talent for narrative within his poems. I marveled at the creation of scenes in the poems, the use of realistic dialogue, and the intricacies of his details." Champion sums up the impact of the book as follows: "Welsch’s collection will gratify a reader who enjoys a wide range of formal techniques and talents: it will tickle the reader with a keen sense of humor and it will move the reader with a penchant for empathy and insight: The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse is a delightfully rich mixture of playfulness and profundity." Read her full review on Pank.
Praise in Mid-American Review
Reviewer Abigail Cloud states: "The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse reminds us that even minor, petty players can arrive at shattering truths. These poems experiment with form and voice. They present humor and pathos in equal measure . . . Most importantly, however, those moments of utter truth creep into the characters' lives. 'You just never know what to say to your own story,' the telemarketer tells Granola Jones. She may be right, but fortunately these horsepersons have plenty to say about each other's, and, perhaps about ours."
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Welsch's poem, "The Telemarketer Takes a Workshop," one of the poems from The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse was the poem of the day for March 3, 2013.