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The Complete Book of Kong

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews

The Complete Book of Kong gathers the poetic wit, woe, and wisdom of both new
and favorite Kong poems-from William Trowbridge's previous books, and from
numerous literary magazines and anthologies-into a collection that will rattle
your cage. Kong is hip and horrendous, always terribly in love with a small
screaming blonde, and still bearing the biggest, brightest heart Ho

Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Southeast Missouri State University Press
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Justin Hamm
Long story short: Wow, Kong is really great. I can't recommend it enough.

I laughed out loud at the scenarios in which Trowbridge places the title character, but at the same time, there was plenty to remind us of the frustrations and absurdities of trying to navigate this ridiculous civilization we've created. Kong is so human in his needs and longings, and, ironically, he's at his most human when stomping or eating people or squashing their heads. In these poems, when the frustrations get to be
There is certainly humor to these poems, but it is a mistake to not take something seriously because it is embodied in humor. There is a level of seriousness that can only be achieved through humor, just as there is a level of humor that can only be achieved through seriousness. Though these poems speak humorously, the emotion they touch is not a laughing matter. Through silly images, such as of Kong as a baseball player or a dancer, Trowbridge reveals the sometimes sweet tragedy of Kong's imagi ...more
Michael Brockley
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF KONG is a collection of the musings and reflections of the well-known silver-screen simian. William Trowbridge's Kong tries out for an NFL team, shares a brief Hollywood moment with Godzilla, goes on a video date and steps on more people than the death numbers of a young Clint Eastwood western. And all the while, his love for Fay Wray pulsates like a supernova.
Wonderful stuff, even for a casual poetry reader. Trowbridge has a wonderful sense of humor and timing that carries the poems. However, there is much heart to be had here as well. He keeps true to the beauty and tragedy that is Kong.
Oct 17, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: monsters, struggling actors
Shelves: amazingpoems
Kong is one of my favorite poetic personas ever. He's kind of a brute, but at the same time, he's just trying to make a living over here. Cut him some breaks, thanks.
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