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Bouquet of Red Flags

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With the perfect blend of wit, eloquence, and honesty, Taylor Mali's poems delight, haunt, and illuminate with equal measure every subject they celebrate. Bouquet of Red Flags is laced with more than the typical LSD (love, sex, divorce) of modern poetry. Here lie poems that elevate the overlooked daily miracles of coincidence ("The Luck I Crave") as well as the blessings ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Write Bloody Publishing
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Nov 30, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it
Some of Taylor Mali's poems feel almost too personal, like we should look away. "Oh, no, that's not for us to see." But those are the best poems. It's the personal that makes us real, makes us human. The personal connects us.
Oct 19, 2016 Marybeth rated it liked it
I enjoyed these more than I expected to, to be honest. They have both an easiness about them with their plainspoken language and directness, yet many still pack a punch. There is also an honesty to the poems that is admirable. Mali doesn't shy away from self-criticism in a book of very personal poems.
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I usually leaf through poetry collections looking for prompts but (as I've written here before) some works are so good that I read every poem. This was the case with an unexpected find at the Oak Bluffs library. I scooped up seven poetry collections; only two by "known" poets. Five of them aren't even in the Seattle library system, including "Bouquet of Red Flags." What struck me immediately about this work that it was an outlook and voice new to me. Written by a man who knew he loved too much, ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Katherine rated it it was amazing
I haven't sat down and read, more just picked up the book, randomly opened it and read a poem. Every time I do this I end up crying (and usually laughing too). Damn you, Mali. THAT is fucking poetry.
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Taylor Mali is a former teacher and classically trained actor who now makes his living as a professional poet. One of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, he is a veteran of the poetry slam and the author of What Learning Leaves and several spoken word CDs and DVDs. He lives and writes in New York City. For more information, visit ...more
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