Give this book to anyone who says they don’t like contemporary poetry
Poetry that begs to be spoken aloud, which in my mind is the best kind.
I like how when poets get older they get more and more lyric. Of course, some of these poems left me behind in the dust. But a bunch were amazing. That last pecha kucha, "Arbor for Butch," is heartbreaking. And "Support the Troops!" is on my favorite-ever list.
I felt that the back half of the book doesn't really deliver, but the first half--particularly the second quarter--is spectacular.
Read for Contemporary American Poetry. I would give it a higher rating because there’s a great amount of control of sound and image, but most of the poetry is beyond me. That’s not a criticism of anyone but me.
Very referential, requires a large commitment on the part of the reader.