I just read the latest chapbook by Cord Moreski. “Apartment Poems” is a collection of anecdotes which are masterfully written. Moreski’s formula includes memories which slowly unravel as you read. The climactic build leads to a sense of awareness which serves as a gut punch.
My favorite poem is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” This centers around growing up being the poor kid on the block and being looked down upon by those geographically close to the poet. Having been given secondhand clothing during his youth, Moreski resigns that “[he’d] still give them their shirt off [his] back.” I remember hearing this poem when he performed it at the Asbury Park Roastery as part of his Coffee & Words series.
When I learned “Apartment Poems” was released, I knew I had to pick this up. I had seen Moreski read on several IG reels. Having met him at the aforementioned open mic, I knew immediately that he’s a really cool person and an excellent narrator to boot. Much to the surprise of the poet, the pre-sale ended within an hour of release, as all 25 copies were sold during that interval. I consider myself fortunate to have this release.
Cord Moreski is one of the vanguards of the New Jersey Poetry Renaissance. Every day throughout New Jersey, there are poetry events held everywhere from dive bars to bowling alleys. As a New York poet, I welcome this. These crazy kids are dedicated to their craft and I love it. One of these days, when I have time and access to a car, I want to go back.
Please order this book from Between Shadows Press. They are a New Jersey based chapbook press who foster a lot of local talent. You won’t regret reading “Apartment Poems” and I’m certain you will enjoy other works from Between Shadows Press.