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He Will Laugh

4.62 of 5 stars 4.62  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In a series of poems, He Will Laugh traces the intense love between two young men. From the excitement of their first meeting to the aftermath of a tragic suicide, the speaker searches for grace and understanding amid his grief and the wealth of memory that remains.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Lethe Press
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He Will Laugh by Douglas Ray begins with the end. After reading that first gripping poem I dare anyone not to keep reading, as it is almost immediately apparent that this little book is more than a poetry collection, it is a contemporary story of love found and lost written in prose.

In the aftermath of his lover Issac's suicide the narrator takes the reader through a journey. From that first meeting to its tragic conclusion, through prose, Ray is relentless in wringing out emotion from the reade
The cover is very pretty.

I don't want to be too harsh, because He Will Laugh does strike me as a work of some honesty. If it's a tribute to a real lost lover, that's a beautiful thing, beyond criticism.

But I didn't enjoy it.


Don’t be deceived by this debut collection’s eye-catching cover of prismatic rainbows and floral shapes or its title; He Will Laugh by Douglas Ray is no laughing matter. The collection delineates a somber and passionate romance between two men, beginning at the end of the relationship, when one of the partners commits suicide. The opening poem, an eloquent elegy titled “November 8” after a Roman festival for the gods of Hades, sets the tone:

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A completely gorgeous rendering of loss and regret.
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