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William Sieghart – 100 Prized Poems | Review

Title: 100 Prized Poems

Author: William Sieghart

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 210

Rating: 4*/5

 

William Sieghart - 100 Prized Poems

William Sieghart – 100 Prized Poems

 

This is another of the poetry books that I won in a National Poetry Day competition, and like the other ones this didn’t disappoint. Edited by William Sieghart, this pulls together twenty five years of the best poems from the Forward books of poetry – books that collect the best poems of each year and award the best with the prestigious Forward Prizes.

Because of that, the poets here are at the top of their game. We’re talking everyone from Carol Ann Duffy to Ted Hughes and Kate Tempest, which means that there’s a lot of variety and a lot of talent. In fact, I’d say that this is a pretty good starter book if you’re new to poetry because it includes such a broad selection of subjects and styles that you’re sure to find something you like.

It’s also quite a hefty collection, and it actually took me a fair few days to get through. Then there’s the fact that it also includes the bios of each of the contributors as an appendix, which I actually read because they were fascinating. The result is a great collection of contemporary poetry. Awesome!

 

William Sieghart

William Sieghart

 

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Charles Bukowski – The People Look Like Flowers At Last | Review

Title: The People Look Like Flowers At Last

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 306

Rating: 5*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - The People Look Like Flowers At Last

Charles Bukowski – The People Look Like Flowers At Last

 

This collection of poetry is said to be the final posthumous publication of Charles Bukowski’s work, compiled with the help of some manuscripts that he left behind for the express purpose of it being released after he kicked the bucket. And boy, what a collection it is.

The interesting thing here is that the work is even more introspective than you might be used to from Bukowski, and while he looks back at his youth with the experience of age, he also covers some of the perils of old age, including a piece about how much it sucks to be on antibiotics and unable to drink or smoke when you’ve been drinking and smoking for fifty years straight and it’s made its way into your unique style of literature.

Speaking of literature, Bukowski also takes a look at the literary world, ruminating on the death of Ernest Hemingway or poking fun at the author bios that you see inside anthologies and literary magazines. Somehow, the great poet was able to remain firmly anti-establishment even after being accepted by it, and these poems offer a fascinating insight into that unusual contradiction.

Bukowski has so many poetry books on the market that it’s difficult to recommend any one book over another. That said, this was one of my favourite collections, and this is definitely a must-have for any serious Bukowski fan. The man had a way with words that no other writer has been able to duplicate, although many have tried. It’s a refreshing taste of a different type of literature, made all the more poignant because it wasn’t released until after his death. I’d definitely recommend reading it.

 

Charles Bukowski - Read him instead...

Charles Bukowski – Read him instead…

 

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