Brine Rights: Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes: Volume 1 Paperback – 19 Mar 2014
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Top customer reviews
Similar to inserting short programmes into a 3 hour film the beginning of the book is badly paced. There is a sense by the editor this will cause frustration as the ending of the book relies solely on poetry. The saving grace as the stories though tackling strong subjects are fairly obvious and read more like witness accounts from the news. A split between both styles would greatly improve the reading.
Having been distracted by the structure the good points are the poetry. A powerful poem sandwiched between two stories is 'Ruined Goods'. That is unapologetic in tackling scenes of rape with a harsh conclusion. A simple poem that could be expanded further that loses it impact by being placed towards the end is 'Pecking Order' that deals with racial issues. A later entry of a poem called 'Declaration' is a typical fist pumping call to arms poem that is better as a starter or finish to a collection.
In conclusion despite being frustrated on many occasions there are enough gems to warrant a read.
There are some that are very good - Ketchup Kid for example is a well crafted indictment of the inequalities that exist in modern America, while Ruined Goods is made all the more powerful by its simplicity. However, there are others, such as Milestone, that are potentially very good stories but don't feel like they have been polished.
Indeed, the sense that the stories need editing is something that stayed with me for most of my reading of the book, not so much basic proofreading to pick up typos (although there are a few of those - such as the word 'to' where it should read 'too') but to redraft clumsy wording and rushed or awkward passages.
I received a copy of this book through the Library Thing Early Review programme in exchange for an honest review.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
This is the kind of book that one will be comfortable with just thumbing through and picking out a random piece here and there, or curling up with like a romance novel and losing yourself in for a just a while. However, my advice is to select a poem that you like and let it sink in before moving to the next one. Every poem is beautifully written and because of the subject matter, very intense and powerful.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry. It is a great collection for everyone from those new to poetry to college professors and everyone in between.
Being 41 now, I can now appreciate the beauty of poetry.
I found a lot of the poetry to be touching and a few of them even brought a tear of two to my eye, and I'm not an emotion person. I'll definitely be reading more poetry now. There were also a few short stories in the book that I really liked. I've read it twice now and recommend this to all poetry lovers. I give this book 5 stars!!!
Brine Rights is one of the best I have *ever* read. Right up there with the classics. It tackles most of the horrible things afflicting the world today. Poverty, world hunger, communism, rape. When I say everything, I literally mean it. My personal favorite (although it is almost impossible to pick) was This Confession has Meant Nothing. It was so abstract but it really got to me. This is one of those books that you really want to get a paperback version of. Just so you can display and thumb through it at your leisure.