Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Complete Book of Kong” as Want to Read:
The Complete Book of Kong
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Complete Book of Kong

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  4 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

...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Southeast Missouri State University Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Complete Book of Kong, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Complete Book of Kong

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 38)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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...more
David
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
Chris
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.
Erin
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.
Scott
Scott added it
Sep 02, 2014
Kelsey
Kelsey marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2014
Wy
Wy marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2012
Carolyn
Carolyn marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2012
Peggy
Peggy marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ship of Fool O PARADISE Enter Dark Stranger FLICKERS: Poems The Four Seasons

Share This Book