“The notion of the Southern Gothic” has always been a source of inspiration for Laurentiis. In the Sothern Gothic, the reader encounters “the story of the freak” and “the monster,” and through examination of the narrative, the reader “not just empathize[s]” with this “freak” or “monster,” but recognizes the “monster as familiar.”
It starts when Jinete Camacho decides to get his beloved Paso Fino Mamey stuffed after she's totally wrecked by an '85 Suzuki Swift near KM 12, just outside of Yauco. A freak accident next to a stand selling American-style donuts that leaves the road closed, but not un-taken, since traffic never stops for anyone on the island, not even a flipped hatchback and a half-dismantled horse.
Michael Devine is an Associate Professor at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Poetry Editor for Saranac Review. However, he also fronts a band he formed called Famous Letter Writer. His wife, Julia, plays keyboards and sings; Zach Hirsch is the drummer. “Famous Letter Writer is not so much a band as it is a concept, a collective,” Devine says. “It's also a character, each song a different chapter.” Attempting to bridge the gap between pop culture and poetics with his music, Devine explains the concept of his band.