A collaboration of visual art and poetry inspired by Funkadelic’s classic albums Standing on the Verge of Getting It On and Maggot Brain, Adrian Matejka’s (Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for The Big Smoke) new double-chapbook Standing On the Verge & Maggot Brain is a chorus of poems and visual art that is psychedelic and bright, full of quarter notes disguised as words.
The poems bend like a solo bends the big ideas of Funkadelic’s glitter and unrepentant funk. Visually, in the Standing On the Verge section, sculptor and artist Kevin Neireiter translates music into stained glass graffiti in honor of the landmark record. For Maggot Brain, Nicholas Galanin’s (also front man of the Sub Pop band Ya Tseen) art creates musical compositions from monochromatics in response to the quintessential album. Matejka’s two-in-one collection of poems is synesthesia for the ear and alchemy for the eyes and heart. Standing On the Verge & Maggot Brain is both a tribute to the iconic band Funkadelic and deep introspection in the being-ness of poet Matejka. The poems dance with the celebrant hips just as the album Standing on the Verge of Getting It On, or the poems can meditate in a place of sorrow and courage like the songs of Maggot Brain. Matejka with artists Kevin Neireiter and Nicholas Galanin explore both the light and dark, radiances and shadows.