Everyone Has A Mouth by Ernst Herbeck is a transient look at things that disguise themselves as “ordinary.” Herbeck’s words are timeless, reaching into the world to pull out its very core, and quite plainly questioning whether it is worth its weight. He puts the complexity of the living being into concepts that feel incredibly elementary. Through use of extended anaphora and loose metaphors, Herbeck tactfully invites his readers to speculate the true significance of color,
Excerpt from “Red”:
red is the flag, red the poppy,
red are the lips and the mouth.
Red are the reality and the
Herbeck shifts his style throughout the chapbook from a classical approach to form and imagery to conceptually experimental, using techniques that mirror contemporary experimental form that have been criticized as being too loosely structured to be poetry at all. His approach to experimental verse still pulls from traditional form and style, but employs the chaotic and misdirected analogies that make experimentation so valuable in contemporary writing.
Excerpt from “Language.”:
a+b glow in the clover.
Flowers at the edge of the field.
Language is fallen for the animal.
Herbeck has found a fine line between traditionalism and experimentation within one chapbook without completely skewing the flow of the work in its entirety, which has been the intent of many amateurs writers that fail to ever reach that goal. Everyone Has A Mouth is as smart as it is accessible, and that is what makes the book so worth the read.