Adam Watson's debut book of poetry has an agenda: save verse from itself. By using an eclectic style that fuses modern and classic forms, Watson challenges the notion that poetry today must be academic, emotionless, or difficult to understand. "I am not against poems making you think," he writes in his forward. "I am against poems not making you feel."
With photography by Douglas Staley.
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In his foreward, Watson states that he is 'against poems not making you feel', and also that he aims for 'emotional honesty' in his poems. Having promised this to the reader, Watson goes on to succeed in a very big way. I've never much cared for poetry, but 'Lollygagged' is something new, at least for someone who doesn't know much about poetry. Watson's use of language is masterful. Like a modern day Dr. Seuss, he invents words and phrases that glide along like a complex rhythm. In 'The Room You Requested Is Full', Watson deals with the sometimes dark and seedy world of internet chat rooms, exploring the complex issue of cyber-identity. In a world where you can be anything you can imagine, Watson truly makes us think and feel about the consequences of this technology. Another of my favorite poems is 'Mikado Epiphany', in which Watson shows us a view of a exotic dance club from the point of view of the dancer. This poem beautifully illustrates Watson's flexibility in writing from different perspectives. His witty, sarcastic, and sometimes sardonic verse exposes the 'naked' truth. Proving his versatility, Watson also waxes eloquently about love, and the consequences of suicide, among other things. 'Lollygagged' will give you a fresh perspective on poetry, and maybe even change your mind about the whole genre!