Wine Songs, Vinegar Verses [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sometimes lovers enter a relationship with the best of intentions but wind up in a place far from love.

Sometimes poets attempt love poems, simple and pure, but . . .

Over breakfast, a husband trying to deny creeping out on his wife the previous night can’t help but give hints about the creepy things he really did. On a beach, a man minding his own business is accosted by...
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Overview

Sometimes lovers enter a relationship with the best of intentions but wind up in a place far from love.

Sometimes poets attempt love poems, simple and pure, but . . .

Over breakfast, a husband trying to deny creeping out on his wife the previous night can’t help but give hints about the creepy things he really did. On a beach, a man minding his own business is accosted by a pretty woman before a strong tide embarrasses them both. A husband and wife debate over what to name a child conceived illicitly. A tone-deaf proposal for marriage ends in murder. A traditionally arranged marriage spins into a deranged and surreal nightmare.

These aren’t anti-love poems. These are poems born and burned out of love.

It’s not recommended that a reader attempt the entire book in one sitting. Many of the poems are dense, complex, and may go straight to the head. Best to peruse in small doses, with a preferred drink in hand.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148840893
  • Publisher: HyperVerse Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • File size: 465 KB

Meet the Author

Harambee Grey-Sun is a poet and metaphysical/speculative fiction writer. The word best describing his work is “dark.” He uses elements of fantasy, horror, noir, and science fiction to spin bizarre, mind-bending, and (some might say) heretical tales that explore the meaning of identity and the nature of consciousness. His poetry has appeared in a handful of literary journals, including CrossConnect, Epicenter, RiverSedge, the South Carolina Review, and the Wisconsin Review. He is also an alumnus of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    This collection starts with poems about a disintegrating relatio

    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.

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