Instrumentals – New Poetry Collection OUT NOW
Maté Jarai’s second poetry collection, Instrumentals, follows up the imaginatively absurd, If We Open Our Eyes the Floods Won’t End So Let’s Not Do That, with a similarly existential, if slightly darker, thought-provoking collection. As the title suggests, some of the key themes are instrumentalism, music, love, death and the increasingly difficult search for meaning in our digital, image-centric society, dominated by our own ‘self-creation’ and ‘curation’. The poems here explore alternate ways of viewing the world we inhabit, a lyrical, spiritual and agnostic way of reading the esoteric signs that surround us. Maté Jarai continues with his predominantly free-verse style, though now occasionally moves towards a more rhythmic style of verse, throwing in rhymes that allow many of his verses to pulse and flow musically, inspired by the likes of Ginsberg and Bukowski, as well as the lyrics of Sage Francis and Thursday’s Geoff Rickly.