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A collection of delectable prose poetry by Franki Elliot, a young Los Angeles based writer.
"Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me,Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above."
- Chicago Tribune
"The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them 'stories.' And they do read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table—or even, in the case of 'Nothing,' a recounting of a story that happened while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people who predict early deaths but live as if they don’t believe it."
“The 44 pieces in Franki Elliot’s Piano Rats are like the best kind of chance meetings—weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O’Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, 'first kiss' meets 'fuck off,' 'hell' meets 'rainstorm,' poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you 'remember who you wanted to be.'”
- Rose Metal Press