And when they buried him, the little port Had seldom seen a costlier funeral. Gordon Coogler of Columbia, South Carolina:.
Thy mangled corpse upon the rails in frightful shape was found. The ponderous train had killed thee as its heavy wheels went round, And thus in dreadful form thou met'st a drunkard's awful death And I, thy brother, mourn thy fate, and breath a purer breath.
Her laugh is like sunshine, full of glee, And her sweet breath smells like fresh-made tea. Then all thy feculent majesty recalls The nauseous mustiness of forsaken bowers The leprous nudity of forsaken halls-- The positive nastiness of of sullied flowers. And I mark the colors yellow and black That fresco thy lithe, dictatorial thighs, I dream and wonder on my drunken back How God could possibly have created flies!
Up to battle! Sons of Suli Up, and do your duty duly! Up my boys and do your duty! May 18, Dani rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews. No idea where I bought or found this book, but I am so glad I finally opened it in a last-ditch effort to find accessible poetry to help teach rhyme to my students. I don't think they give a fuck about it, but I'm absolutely delighted by this collection.
Jun 06, Jamie Elvin rated it it was amazing.
I devoured this book whole during a few lazy hours at my local library. A funny, witty, sad, morsel of a book, I couldn't help but order my own copy instantly so that I could re-read it at my leisure - just in case I need to smile at some brief irreverent thoughtful poems. Jul 30, Maya rated it it was amazing. Actually a satisfying book of cynical, clever poems full of plays on words and puns, sarcasm, and skill.
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This isn't bad poetry at all. Jan 23, Vivek Tejuja rated it it was amazing. Pamela August Russell takes the ordinary, the mundane and the daily situations and turns them into poetry. The title of the book is utterly misleading because her poetry is anything but bad. These poems shine.
They make you want to believe in everything around you and as quickly convert you to a non-believer. They are tongue-in-cheek, raw, intense, stupidly funny at times and mostly they are just mocking all of us, with a lot of ease and panache.
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They can be referred to or picked at any time and the reader will feel good for a bit. The feel-good factor and the melancholic angle of the book creates the right balance that is needed in a book of poems, and to top it all, Russell does this with a sense of humour.
The poems talk of demons of everyday life, but without making them sound like demons. They soothe you and comfort you and at the same time make you see things for exactly how they are. There is irony, humour and everything else in-between in this collection. Russell makes no bones about life, nor does she sugar-coat anything for the reader.
She serves it the way she sees it or has experienced it. I think that is the best way to write poems anyway.
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It is a small read, infused with doses of loss and love and humour to the brim. This is a book of poems for all — for some who take them seriously and for some who do not. I highly recommend this one for people who are just starting to read poetry. This one will not intimidate you for sure. Jul 23, Allyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
B is for Bad Poetry is everything the title says it is not. From the first to the last page, each poem is one that inspires either a wistful sigh or warm chuckle. This feeling however is not one typical to the genre and is dealt with in often obscure and imaginative ways. If you have are not a fan of poetry or anything of that ilk, I would highly recommend you give Russell a chance to sway your opinion, you will not be disappointed.
Nov 05, Jason rated it liked it Shelves: humor , poetry. I went into this collection of comically bad poems expecting to laugh a lot. The book fulfilled my wishes somewhat, but I found some of the poems to just feel incomplete or overtly jokey as opposed to bad. The poem "Motto" is three short lines: When one door closes another door opens onto a cliff. To me, this seems more like a funny tweet than a bad poem.
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Somehow I like the equally short poem "Polaroid" better: That's a nice sunset in the background but you look sad. Like the previous poem, this poem's th I went into this collection of comically bad poems expecting to laugh a lot. May 15, mentalexotica rated it really liked it. I don't know if there is some subaltern joke I am not getting or if the audience is meant to be the joke.
Because this is not bad poetry at all. It's pretty bloody unpretentious and has a certain refreshing rawness that feels like biting into a cold cucumber on a summer afternoon.
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The adage, "do not judge a book by its cover" or in this case, its title, well applies. Ignore the outside. Dive in. And take a big bite. Feb 28, Stine Kristin rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , reviewed , poetry. I loved this already from the first few poems; it's so clever and funny, full of irony, sarcasm, intelligence, originality - very entertaining!
As others have said before me: some of these poems are deep and thought provoking, some are clever, some are melancholic, some a slap in the face. All in all a well written and hilarious poetry collection. Jul 02, Lexi rated it it was amazing Shelves: most-influential-books. Poetry that emotionally slices and dices you and hits you in waves, but isn't remotely overwrought or ridiculous. Also, as you watch her break all the conventional rules, it's clear she's doing it for a reason to underscore meaning and that makes it very, very good poetry.
Read it as emotional consolation backstage at a play I was in, and it really brought me back to earth. Oct 04, Hudak rated it really liked it. My dad picked this up from Overall, I laughed a good bit, especially at the witty poem titles. One of my personal favorites: "Relativity Theory for a Melancholy Gal". Apr 09, Niina rated it liked it Shelves: read-in-english , read , poetry. A fast and easy read, quirky at places. It's no wonder most official reviewers have seen this as a comedic book of poetry, but I have to disagree.
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