Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Carnival” as Want to Read:
Carnival
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Carnival

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jason Bredle’s poems approach the world like a haunted cat approaches a glacier, curious and itchy with strangeness. In Carnival, he skates paratactically between states of being: levity, heart-holes, licks of darkness, lovesickness and werewolfishness. Bredle’s gift as a poet is to traverse and re-traverse one looking glass in ten different moods. When he goes through it, ...more
Paperback, 85 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by University Of Akron Press (first published May 1st 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Carnival, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Carnival

Community Reviews

(showing 1-39)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Yann Rousselot
Feb 21, 2013 Yann Rousselot rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-and-off
Bredle is a weirdo. Dancing along the poetry-prose divide like a cat creeping on a wall, this little collection is very much "out there". Thirty or so pieces, almost all paragraph form, no line breaks, just well-balanced sentences. What's to like: surreal, magical imagery and symbols that place you in the familiar. What's not to like: surreal, magical imagery and symbols that just don't mean anything to you, and thus are merely weird.

Fine by me, I love weird.

Poetry collections aren't something y
...more
Nice
Aug 05, 2015 Nice rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
The paragon of try-hard hipster.
No one will ever convince me that this entire book took more than 20 hours to write. Approximately 19 hours of try-hard went into CARNIVAL.

Poetry went from Edgar Allan Poe to this.

That's pretty drastic. Like going from freedom to slavery. Or life to death.

"Carol opened a closet door and skeletons
fell all over her. Trevor touched a local girl’s boob. We found
the European man face down in a hot tub. Susan suggested we
take off our clothes and have sex until the kille
...more
Jon Corelis
Jan 22, 2013 Jon Corelis rated it liked it
Amusing but limited

This book includes about 60 half-page prose/poems, all written in a style that's sort of like a surreal stand-up comic routine. The language is vivid and clear, and there are some good lines and clever surprises, but I found that the style and to a great extent the content of these pieces lacked enough variation to sustain book-length interest: three or four of these are entertaining, but twenty or thirty of them become tedious. Still, three stars for being livelier and better
...more
Trey Harris
Sep 20, 2014 Trey Harris rated it it was amazing
like playing tag with someone much faster than you. you are always it and you never win. please read this book.
Heather
Dec 07, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
So twitchy. So anxious.
I wish I could read like Jason Bredle would read.
Reach out, run back.
And so forth.
Steve
Steve rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2013
Dan
Dan rated it really liked it
Nov 13, 2012
Lauren Scharhag
Lauren Scharhag rated it it was amazing
Feb 11, 2016
B.J. Best
B.J. Best rated it really liked it
Mar 10, 2013
Alecia Pritt
Alecia Pritt rated it really liked it
Nov 09, 2015
M
M rated it liked it
Jul 01, 2013
Serena
Serena rated it it was ok
Dec 08, 2012
Jason Koo
Oct 04, 2012 Jason Koo rated it it was amazing
Fucking fantastic, that's what I think.
shannon minnich young
shannon minnich young rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2013
D.J. Berndt
D.J. Berndt rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2013
Jeff Haynes
Jeff Haynes rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2013
Jessica Astronaut
Jessica Astronaut rated it really liked it
Sep 04, 2013
Tasha
Tasha rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2015
Nicholas Beck
Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2013
Courtney Elise
Courtney Elise rated it really liked it
Jan 05, 2013
Katie Mertz
Katie Mertz rated it really liked it
Oct 05, 2012
Joseph
Joseph marked it as to-read
Feb 25, 2012
Simeon Berry
Simeon Berry marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2012
Schuyler
Schuyler marked it as to-read
Oct 07, 2012
Courtney Turner
Courtney Turner is currently reading it
Apr 21, 2013
Theodora
Theodora marked it as to-read
Dec 17, 2012
Allison
Allison marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2013
Jack C. Buck
Jack C. Buck marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2013
Ingrid
Ingrid marked it as to-read
Sep 05, 2013
Wendy Ortiz
Wendy Ortiz marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2014
Dan
Dan marked it as to-read
Jun 07, 2014
Thing Two
Thing Two marked it as to-read
Jul 28, 2014
Rob
Rob marked it as to-read
Sep 25, 2014
Pinar
Pinar marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2015
Tuathane
Tuathane marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2015
Amanda
Amanda marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Josh
Josh marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2016
Daphne
Daphne marked it as to-read
May 04, 2016
Clare
Clare marked it as to-read
Sep 21, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »