Esteban Colon is technically a citizen of Kenosha, but he’s been entertaining and enlightening Racine poetry nights for years with his laments on life, love and how Dr. Suess might interpret Poe’s classic, Tell Tale Heart. I purchased his 2010 work, Between Blue Lines back in November at The Racine Krayzine Fest.The layout invokes the confessional diary of a teenager in the mid 90s; the poetry sections are divided by subject; writing, love, puzzles, definitions, and observations. The whole book is an intriguing journey, but the interesting section is Definitions, a melancholy update on Amberose Pierce’s classic Devil’s Dictionary. A particular notable entry is the Werner Herzog esque definiton of Fear: ” the natural biproduct that is produced whenever man is reminded he’s not god.”
Colon’s latest compilation of poetry, Whispered ‘Soliloqueys’ was released in 2019 from the Racine based Black Eyed Press. I sent out an email to ask him about his experience as a newbie in the self publishing/zine community and he kindly responded.