Ethan Cohen, half of the famed Coen Brothers, has a new book of poetry out entitled The Day the World Ends. When I was contacted by Random House about receiving a copy to review my second thought was “Yes Please!” My first thought was along the lines of–can’t they see that I suck at book reviews these days, but that’s neither here nor there. I’ve been wanting to participate in the Read More Poetry event that Lu and Kailana are heading up, and since it’s National Poetry Month, I figured this would be perfect.
Plus I love the Coen Brothers’ movies.
Unfortunately I did not love this little book of poetry. I’m not even sure that I can say I liked it. Which makes me remember why I don’t typically review books for others but stick more to my good old trusted bookshelves. The poems started off amusing and I chuckled a bit to myself at the dry and sarcastic wit. But then the subjects moved into the crude and then to subjects I just wasn’t sure I wanted to read about anymore. Let’s just say that I’d give this one a rating above R.
The Day the World Ends is 120 page collection of mostly short poems. Some a few lines and some a few pages. They’re all pretty easy to read and not terribly abstruse. Rhymes and rhythmic. I don’t want to be the one who asks what makes poetry good poetry.
A sample that I’m hoping doesn’t have any hidden offense:
Who is this newborn,
Time will tell;
The old man dying
We know well.
For who departs we
How greet, however,
I could have enjoyed a quick little book like this but the other topics are ones I don’t want to mention by name for fear of the search engine hits. Haven’t decided if I’ll finish or not. Probably with some discretion. If you guys were me would you not have mentioned this little volume at all?
What do you look for in poetry?
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Three Years Ago - Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales - Eleanor Bluestein
Four Years Ago – Bookish Babble (my heart cried a little when I saw the mention of Dewey on this post)