This Little Red Bitch In My Chest

This Little Red Bitch In My Chest

by Rik Woods


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This Little Red Bitch In My Chest by Rik Woods

This Little Red Bitch in My Chest is a collection of poetry, a collection of life written by Rik Woods. This is not a collection of flowing words that rhyme to a certain rhythm. The writing style is open, descriptive and aggressive. The book is divided into chapters, allowing the reader to choose the type of poetry their mind dictates. This Little Red Bitch in My Chest is a collection of life. Life isn't always gentle and beautiful. This poetry collection may open doors into subjects many would prefer to ignore. You will find poetry about the beauty of love and life, but you will also read about the pain and heartbreak of love and about the pain and sorrow of abuse. When you read This Little Red Bitch in My Chest, you will be drawn into the pages to experience life as seen through the eyes of the author.

About the Author:

Rik Woods was born in a dying small city in the middle of America, where the schools had little money and the people even less. He has been everything most young lower middle class American men have been. He has been a carpenter, a welder, automobile mechanic, construction worker, roofer, soldier, husband; he has been the boss and the laborer. Rik has lived in more places than most people have vacationed too, but now he and his wife make Nebraska home.

Author Comments:

This Little Red Bitch in My Chest is not so much a collection of poetry, as it is a collection of life. I do not believe that poetry has to be confined to genre or style. Poetry is like life and should be treated as such. So I will use Sherry Gibson's (author of "Only a game") description of my work. She says it is "open, descriptive and often very aggressive". This book contains life, in all its wonder and all its horror. Often people get caught up in what poetry means, well it means whatever you want it to and if it says something personal to you that is great. These pages contain life from first love, to betrayal, from the vanity to the self mutilation, from lust to sexual ecstasy, from devotion to regret, from a child's unwavering love to the harsh reality of abuse. I do not try to cover specific items but let the words and feelings take the lead, and let life define content. These are things from my life, from me and the people I have known.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413714760
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 06/26/2004
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Read an Excerpt

from- Rat Hole
Daddy always said that she was the apple of his eye, she hated that thing that would walk through her door at twenty-one she still shivers and pushes her lover away mommy would come to the door every now and then just look in and move away we talked last night, and she said she asked mommy once why she didn't stop the monster in the hall mommy said that at least this way he left her alone

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can only hope that all poets sit up and take notice of this guy. His two books are wonderful pieces of work. I think his is a lost art. Most poets of the modern day are trying to hard. They want to be seen as innovators rather than just as poets. Rik Woods seems to be caught in the poetic world of yesterday but applying todays morals and dilemmas in such a harsh way that keeps you reading even though you are afaid to because it hits to close to home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the poetry in this book I was touched. It reaches down inside you and lets you feel emotions that you would have never known you had. I began to understand the lives of people who had actually went through pain and love that I have yet to imagine. The poems touched me deeply.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of poetry from Rik Woods is so raw, you feel like you have rug burns on your mind after you finish reading it. As you can guess from the title, there is a lot of raw emotion found in the book. The verses are mature and cover a lot of emotional ground. Unlike a lot of modern poetry, Mr. Woods writes with a clear and concise voice, using a great many hard images to ground his narrative voice. This is not a bunch of sweet I love you the world is perfect saccharine, and each poem reads like a short, slap in the face concerning pain, anger, broken-hearts, failures, and tragedy. Mr. Woods writes with a somewhat darkly humorous voice, that frightens and intrigues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a severe read, it hurts and it awes. It makes one sit back and appreciate what we have in our everyday life. It makes one want to stand up and thank what ever deity we worship that we have lived a peaceful life. When you read this you wonder about what Rik Woods endured in life and how he overcame it to pour all of these words out. I have found myself just picking it up as I walk by the boo where ever I have laid it and reading one or two pieces and then just being grateful that someone who endured this survived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rik Woods pulls from the dark and seedy realities of everyday life and bares the soul for all to feel. The intense ¿Rat Hole,¿ with its child abuse and murder sets a dark timbre. Poems like ¿Bloodstain on the backseat,¿ ¿high school summer night,¿ and ¿Chrysler Cordoba¿ reinvent the ideal of a sweet love poem, blurring the line between true connection and mere desperation. Others, like ¿Carpetbagger,¿ ¿blue panties¿and¿alligator pumpkin pie¿ reveal Rik¿s basic instincts for humanity. Then brilliant hidden meaning in, ¿Saving the life that saved mine,¿ mimics the inner monologue of a young man uncertain of his heart¿s true intentions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rik Woods does what few poets can...He writes from the heart and to the point. This is not a read for the faint-of-heart. Rather, Rik's writing is for those of us who have taken life's knocks and lived to tell about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The color red splashes across a stark landscape littered with whiskey bottles...the shiny red of lipstick and the red of blood tracked across the floor by angels with bloody feet¿the red of life in a hot, dirty world peopled with devils in short black dresses and blue panties. The poet paints image after image that is vivid, yet subtle. Images that stay with you long after the page has been turned. This is one to be savored.