DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I love poetry especially serious, darker poems where the author uses one thing as a metaphor for something else. So when I was approved to review this book, I became excited because the reviews have been stellar. Unfortunately, I don't agree with most of them. Don't get me wrong, this book has some wonderful poems in it (my favorites being The Main Event and The Game as Good Medicine) but there wasn't really anything here that made me read it twice.
The author is very talented and that is clear to see but sometimes I just felt he was trying to hard to be, for lack of a better word, poetic. His poems flow nicely but just seemed to be missing something to really drive home his point. I'm also not sure who the audience should be. The poems seemed to juvenile for adults and too adult-like for juveniles but I could definitely see this as a high-school English class book.
If you're a fan of poetry, definitely check this book out simply because my not-so-great review is in the vast minority. Most people loved this book and like every poem ever written, poetry appreciation is all in the eye of the reader.
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