Book Review: Walking the Black Cat

Walking the Black Cat by Charles Simic 1996.  96 pages. Genre: Poetry   Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Summary:  Hamlet's ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in... Continue Reading →

Book Review: I Wrote This for You

I Wrote This for You by Pleasefindthis (Iain Thomas) 2011. 202 pages Genre: Poetry, Photography Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Summary: Started 2007, I Wrote This For You is an acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it. This book gathers together nearly 200 of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver 2012. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I was unfamiliar with Mary Oliver when I chanced upon this book.  I am so grateful that's not the case now, for after reading the poetry within this book, I could easily see Mary Oliver earning... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Laughter of the Sphinx

The Laughter of the Sphinx by Michael Palmer 2016. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: The Laughter of the Sphinx is a book of poems that takes us to many exotic and interesting places around the world with surreal and symbolic imagery. I can say one thing if nothing else... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Wingless

The Wingless by Cecilia Llompart Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series 2014. 63 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I loved the way the way the poems are laid out in this book. There are 4 parts: Hymnal, Almanac, Wherever We Roam and Take My Body Home. The first part of the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bicycles

Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni 2009. 128 pages Genre: Poetry Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: Nikki Giovanni is one of the world's most well-known American poets.  And rightfully so.  This lovely book of love poems was a welcome change from the darker and angsty stuff that I normally read (and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Crash into the Day

Crash into the Day by Gary Zarr 2014. 100 pages Genre: Poetry Rating: 4 out of 5 stars My Thoughts: I stumbled upon this gem as I was browsing through my local public library. A self-published book, it doesn't seem to be very well known. It has only 3 Amazon reviews and the only review... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Your Own, Sylvia

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill 2007. 272 pages Genre: Poetry, Young Adult Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary: Your Own, Sylvia draws on Plath’s writing and extensive nonfiction sources, chronicling Hemphill’s interpretation of Plath’s life from infancy to her death by suicide at age 30. The poems are... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Blinking With Fists

Blinking With Fists by Billy Corgan 2004. 96 pages. Genre: Poetry My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Summary: Having risen to fame during the grunge era in the early nineties, Billy Corgan is among the most respected figures of the alternative rock world―a visionary artist who, more than a decade later, still commands a... Continue Reading →

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