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Posted December 12, 2013
This collection starts with poems about a disintegrating relationship (or relationships?) with strong hints of infidelity. The tone is weary and sad and the poems are dripping with imagery. The verse gets over heavy after awhile - a single poem with such themes has a strong impact - but poem after poem can seem a bit much. This may be part of why the poet advises readers to read only a little at a time, which is rarely a bad idea with poetry. Just when I thought the tone was too overwhelming, though, a semi-humorous poem lightened the weight. And then things grew dark again....There's more vinegar than wine in this collection.
The verse is modern, somewhat informal, and well written, but sometimes the poems seem slightly inaccessible. The poems have a story-like quality, with characters, setting, and hints at a backstory. They are written mostly in first person. The collection is divided into sections each symbolized by a wine, with tasting notes, that I presume represents the tone of the section, though the connection was not always that clear.
I gave this four stars because I can perceive the quality of the poetry, even though the style and theme were not precisely my personal cup of tea. I'm sure many other lovers of poetry will appreciate these verses. There are a few f-bombs in these poems just to alert anyone who is bothered by that sort of thing; generally they are not gratuitous and the context is right.
Note: I received a free copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review.