REVIEWS: the rutting season by _scott-patrick mitchell

the rutting season by _scott-patrick mitchell, Mulla Mulla Press

First of all, let’s deal with the physicality of this chapbook – it’s a lovely fetish object with its substantial cover able to tolerate to any amount of abuse. It even smells good – that heady fragrance of ink and good paper. Then there’s the cover image by Sam Desouza -- intricately intriguing, almost tender, mystical as mist when juxtaposed against the stark title – perfection.  Inside the reader will find typeface large enough not to strain the eyes in a dim cafe over a bottle of good red.

What must be said about this chapbook is that it is not for those delighting only in narratives. Although one can certainly make a case for stories of love of the most physical and intimate kind laid out in breathtaking language, there is also an abundance of bricolage, disjunctive syntax and an extremely playful use of punctuation that might be confronting for some readers. So, be warned. Personally, I loved the challenge and revelled in the use of words in extraordinary manners. And despite what some may think, it is an especially mannered and intelligent text from an exceptionally talented writer.

My only complaint was that there was simply not enough material, forcing me to return repeatedly to what was available – and in this case, I would say it wasn’t an unpleasant journey to re-take.

Zan Ross

  • Reviewed 28 September in Books page 7 The West Australian
  • the rutting season _scott-patrick mitchell

At a time when language travels in so many ways, adapting and reconfiguring with different modes of communication, SPM catches the zeitgeist crisply and ironically.
– John Kinsella

Scott-Patrick Mitchell has a verbal and conceptual energy, and a brilliant musicality - his work bowls you over, you won't forget it. 
- Tracy Ryan

Mitchell is one of the most diverse and original emerging poets working in Western Australia today. He is a ground-breaking poet from the street who uses highly inventive language tools and forms to express his evolving grand vision as an artist. 
- The Bold Monkey

... a fist full of language slamming into your ears - all the stories of love and loss woven into a nest of linguistic tangle. At once lyrical and jarring, you’ll want to revisit these poems again and again.
- Ellen Zweig

... a new constellation for the male muse, the stag, each line punctuated with unexpected breath and leap and stroke. In each poem the poet’s tongue is tied to the body-object, rolling with and against the bonds that fuel our writing, and we—the readers—are tempted forward into the disco dance.

- Jessica Wilkinson... from the decadent into newly lit luminescence.
- Edric Mesmer

Brilliance. Theatrical and candid brilliance. 
– dotdotdash magazine

Mitchell's (poems are) energetic, erotic, mystical and mythical exercises in pinning a word down then letting it fly. 
- The Thousands

... a little Laurie Anderson, a touch of Lou Reed and a lot of transmuted beatdom. 
- The Advertiser

Mitchell's observant, vivid poems have an Allen Ginsberg-like spontaneity and sophistication... 
- The Wire

... brightly-coloured poetry that uses the language like a palette.
- Stylus

A great strength is the way in which these poems mix old with new, high with low culture and flippancy with a disarming tenderness. Such contrariness keeps a reader alert, as does the ruffling of its commendably plain style by disruptive syntax and punctuation.
- The West Australian