B. R. Yeager - Genocidal businessmen. Apocalyptic visions. CGI-coated violence. Teenage follies. B.R. Yeager’s poetry collection Worlds of Ruin explores the role of violence in pop culture and modern society with frenetic energy and staggering lyricism


B. R. Yeager, Worlds of Ruin, Five Quarterly, 2015.

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When one plays a game, they inhabit what Johan Huizinga refers to as the ‘Magic Circle’–a world that exists with its own set of rules that the gamer must abide by. Worlds of Ruin is an experiment in what happens when that circle is broken: the quest-like nature and the brutality of the grind seeps into our every day lives in ways we don’t always expect. However, beyond the rubble, some magic has also found its way here, too. - Brian Oliu

Open doors and descend. No pause. Just repeat. B.R. Yeager’s Worlds of Ruin delivers blood, dirt, bodies, infected desires, un-pretty things that gleam darkly, unexpectedly. This is a landscape of bodily fluids and fears painted in muted palettes and anti-heroes who find only the tiniest moments of respite and victory. Read this book as if it were a video game — keep playing and when you get to the end, begin again. - Georgia Bellas

Praise from Newark Academy Student Guest Staff for Worlds of Ruin:
Genocidal businessmen. Apocalyptic visions. CGI-coated violence. Teenage follies. B.R. Yeager’s poetry collection Worlds of Ruin explores the role of violence in pop culture and modern society with frenetic energy and staggering lyricism. Shocking and visceral, Yeager’s poetry will change your perspective on destruction and how it affects our lives.
Do we like violence? At first glance, this question seems pretty simple to answer; an easy yes or no. Do we as human beings like violence? Well, this collection of poems forces you to question just that. Using reference to video games, movies and other sources of media, it throws you into a reconsideration of how violence works in modern society and how it affects us. Our acceptance of violence in games and our utter disgust and fear of violence in real life, contradict themselves in this eloquently written selection of poems. A beautiful sort of darkness, this read is sure to keep you.
The poetry collection Worlds of Ruin fearlessly delves into the discomfort of unrelenting, uncensored violence to create a statement against its prevalence in our present day society. By maintaining a tenuous balance between reason and rage, B.R. Yeager analyzes the correlations between society and anarchy. Through its lyrical language, this collection will teach you to see both the gruesome and beautiful aspects of violence.

Prose & Poetry

2015GravelWaxing Moon
Vending Machine PressMilky WayThe GreeksRonGood Word
decomP magazinEBalloon
Unbroken JournalOf FliesFilmmaking
Cheap PopWide Ovals
Mixtape MethodologyIn the Building

Music Writing

2015Mixtape MethodologyMichete: Strolling Rap’s Left Hand Path
mxdwnBoots, AquariaOfficial Burnt Toast, Money is Debt (single)Roots Manuva, BleedsDenai Moore, ElsewhereMC Lars, The Zombie Dinosaur LPBig Boi/Phantogram, Big GramsKyle Lucas, Mariettak-os, Can’t Fly Without GravityChristian Rich, FW14Blackalicious, Imani Vol. 1Dr. Dre, ComptonGhostface Killah & Adrian Younge, 12 Reasons to Die IISean Anonymous & Dimitry Killstorm, Better DaysRoyal, Royal EP
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B. R. Yeager, Amygdalatropolis, Schism Press, 2017.                                

Amygdalatropolis is a work of brilliant neurorealism in which the city is a Computer, a libidinal pornutopia voided of all bedeutung other than the residual, electronic prickling of sexual fear and auto-autistic aggression where software and synapse flicker in an endless algorithmic loop. Norburt Wiener’s apocalyptic steersman leads directly here: a psychopathological cyberutopia heading straight into the lake of fire. - Scott Wilson

Yeager’s haphephobic protagonist /1404er/ has got over reality, family or the social and moved on - to a somewhat more tenable amnion of snuff porn, clickbait and casual online scapegoating. Amygdalatropolis inhabits our post-truth heterotopia like some virulent new literary life form, perfectly tooled for the death of worlds. - David Roden


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