When Monkeys Feel Rhythms

When Monkeys Feel Rhythms

by Michael P. Amram


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ISBN-13: 9781490737720
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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When Monkeys Feel Rhythms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ellen_L More than 1 year ago
The poems in Michael Amram’s evocatively titled When Monkeys Feel Rhythms range from humorous to gritty. Grouped in sections—spatial relationships, religion, politics, friendship, marriage, aging and technology—the compact verses paint a concrete picture in the reader’s mind while turning mundane objects lyrical. The poems can be relished literally before letting the mind interpret and interpolate what the poet says using the ordinary to explore the extraordinary. One of my favorites can be found in Labors of Fruits: “she intended to live to a ripe age; like a banana does with spots and sweet smells that would arouse what senses were dulled.” One of the delights of When Monkeys Feel Rhythms is Amram’s clever word plays. In Squeeze Play, for example, a fired employee is given an accordion file and riffs on adopting a monkey to earn coins in the street. In Hands That Fold Empty, a line about mustard stains is followed by one about planting seeds in minds. As Wheels Turned remembers a time “when gray mattered and earth was ripe to plant seeds that grew once to stem a brain.” While Amram’s young mixologist friend in Limestone Ruins may spike his drinks with tea and offer mugs of kindness, the poems in When Monkeys Feel Rhythms spike the mind with beauty and offer mugs of reflection.