8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bruising narrative poetry,
This review is from: Collected Poems (Paperback)
I'm a fan of 20th century North American narrative poetry, like Charles Buckowski for example, and this came along as a recommended collection of that style. And wow. It is sometimes brutal to the point were you almost feel that you cannot understand or comprehend the message, but for the most part it hits hard and you really feel it. And this could put you off, I accept that. The narrative style of minimal structure and rhyme doesn't suit everyone either, but I love the gritty feel to it. The subject matters are all sex, injury, damage, politics and hurt, and this reinforces the modern feel to it; even when some of the poems are twenty years old and the situation they describe is dated, the emotions they express are as pertinent as ever. It gives a crystal sharp insight into a mind that isn't lost in cotton wool, and that can be disturbing or rewarding depending on how brave you are.
I'm not well placed to say whether this is a good, representative collection of this author. But I am well placed to say that this is a very fine collection of contemporary poetry. And I loved it, and I'd recommend it warmly.