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Posted May 12, 2007
Let us this once judge a book by the cover. What else can be done when we come upon the picture of a butterfly besmeared on a car bumper in its orange isolation? Here, the potential reader catches the first glimpse of Edward Carvalho¿s collection of contemporary poetry¿¿SOLITARY, POOR, NASTY, BRUTISH and SHORT¿¿and is presented with an entirely new American landscape an unrelenting portrayal of a modernity punctuated by ¿No arts no letters no society. . .¿ But this book is no repetitive dirge, no mere grief-song for our civilization. Rather, Carvalho¿s poems resonate with the potential for hope, welcoming all who are eager and brave enough to intercede upon the often illogical discourse of humanity. As such, SOLITARY, POOR, NASTY, BRUTISH and SHORT, was born from the very earth it scorched. It emerges from a newly prepared soil, coated in the phosphates of the poet-author's many ¿beautiful casualties.¿ Powerful, original, and certain to be for bookstores what Gideons are to the hotel drawer, Carvalho¿s latest poetry, just like its front cover image, will most definitely not be ignored.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.