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Good Hope Road

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The poems in Stuart Dischell's prizewinning first collection, Good Hope Road, inhabit a geography of seeming contradictions where lyric and narrative, personal life and mythic yearning, the domestic and the historic, the elegant and the impure converge. Like Joyce's Dubliners, the twelve poems of the opening sequence, "Apartments," reflect a wide panorama of contemporary u ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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It started out good with some poems I really liked that captured relationships and grumpy people living ordinary lives. With some lines that feel universal and make me wander and think. But the book took a turn down a notch, and didn't hold my interest as strongly as I continued reading. He has strong male blurb support from Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott & Thomas Lux and it is his first book. The poem I thought was strongest was Good Hope Road, the title poem which is probably a classic.
Robert Beveridge
Stuart Dischell, Good Hope Road (Viking, 1993)

Stuart Dischell is a good poet. He's funny, he's quirky, and his stuff is appealing and readable.

So what's the problem? The problem is, simply, that Stuart Dischell is a good poet, and not much else. There's nothing here to pull the reader in, or compel him to turn the pages; nothing that will make this an unforgettable work of poetry. Nothing makes it stand out from the crowd.

Readable, yes, but nothing more than that. **
Jeff Laughlin
I liked him when he taught me stuff, and I like his books.

Represent, son.
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