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Burning in Paradise
Actor and writer Michael Madsen is best known for his roles in Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Thelma and Louise, The Getaway, and dozens of other films. In Burning in Paradise, Madsen's poetry explores the intense and gritty experiences of a man living life on the edge.These highly readable prose poems take us behind the scenes of Madsen's life, from the bedrooms and barro ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Incommunicado Press
(first published 1998)
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Sep 15, 2008 Joshua Nomen-Mutatio rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People With A Sense Of Humor Like Mine Who Know Who Michael Madsen Is
This was a book a got for free while working at Crown Books in Gurnee, Illinois in high school. It was a national chain store that went bankrupt after I'd worked there for two years. They were simply allowing us to just take whatever we'd like towards the tail end of going out of business, something many of us already did regularly (just not so openly) beforehand. This is a really bad book. However it's saving grace is that it's so bad that it's funny. Especially if you read it aloud with your f ...more
I had this sent to me when I was in the joint after reading a blisteringly negative review by Ken Tucker in Entertainment Weekly. After reading what Tucker had written about Madsen and his style-- all of it bad-- I figured it would be right up my alley. I was right. Madsen's poetry is unpretentious and he writes in a clear and easy to understand manner (which is probably why wags like Ken Tucker sniff and say it is not poetry--Tucker thinks Bukowski is a fraud, remember).