Synopsis: Poetry by Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s poet laureate.
Date finished: 26 October 2014
Comments:I really shouldn’t write this review because it’s not going to be terribly complete or balanced, but I promised myself I’d review everything I read this year, so here goes. I have to say, this book of poetry represents everything that’s bad about poetry, every reason why people hate it. The poems in this collection are hopelessly pedantic, full of obscure references that the average reader would never understand.
It’s not poorly written poetry, though. It’s tight and polished and well-metered. Taylor has a strong command of what he wants to say, and he says it and no more. And there were some truly charming passages, such as this from “Without You”:
If you thinkI’ll get along
you don’t know me
What a sweet bit of verse, eh?
But the rest? I felt like I might as well have been reading German street signs in the heart of Paris. I didn’t get much out of it.
Would you recommend this to a friend?Nope.
You might also enjoy:I have truly enjoyed much of Taylor’s other work.