Fast Food and Gin on the Lawn is a unique and contemporary insight into the political and cultural landscape of our times . Viola uses emotive and irreverent language to describe the condition of humanity . She draws upon inspiration from art, nature and social injustice to reflect the theatre of life , using different techniques and structural styles to convey narrative and abstract themes . Viola has a remarkably individual tone that is witty dreamlike and powerfully unsettling .
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“Fast Food and Gin on the Lawn.” It’s not your mother’s iambic pentameter. Salman Rushdie once said, “A poet's work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.” Well, if that’s true, then Saira Viola has a job for life. Her collection of poems, “Fast Food and Gin on the Lawn” is a raw exploration of social ills that are as current as the latest blog and as timeless as humanity itself. From Baghdad to Brooklyn, London to Long Island, Viola takes us on a tour of underbelly of the human condition in all its forms: war, materialism, and gut-wrenching despair. If you are thinking you can decide on a favorite, think again, for your choice will change with each turn of the page. I know mine did. “Duke Ellington Blues”, with its vivid imagery of a soldier turned down-and-out musician, immediately brought to mind Hughes’ “What Happens to a Dream Deferred?”, and when reading “The Chromatic Bliss” I could feel the agony of every woman whose looks have been stolen by the cruel march of time. While all of the pieces in Fast Food and Gin are melodic, the book also features Viola’s original song lyrics. With lines like “Elegant thugs and Escort girls, With boudoir secrets to sell the world”, Trash City Blues conveys the growing wealth disparity so powerfully that even those with no musical ability (like myself) could hear its haunting sounds. Saira Viola’s travels around the globe have shaped her writing into an experiential tour de force. She crafts her poems using a unique style she calls “sonic scatterscript”, which draws on the fusion of music, nature and pop culture. She also writes satirical news articles for Stirring Trouble Internationally, and her poems have appeared in several journal and magazines, including the prestigious Cannon Poets.
Viola's poetry is deeply profound and there are so many subject areas. City life sets the tone and her poetry has a real sense of emotion in her vision of the world. Immigrant ailenation is captured with poignant brilliance in the hauntingly titled Leaving Oyster Bay , and Pink Vomit and Plaid is a blistering account of poverty in old age the overriding sense of suffering depicted in this poem is unimaginable . There are cynical peppy rhyming poems that show the transparency of materialism and a morally bankrupt society . Read and be moved, enchanted and enthralled