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Where Robot Mice & Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hardcover, First Edition, 77 pages
Published October 12th 1977 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Jun 26, 2013 Cassandra rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Really, I need a theory of poetics. There were some of these I liked, but not exactly as poetry, more as memoir or confessional literature -- the one about crying in the shower, for example, it was a lovely arc of thought, the elderly man alone in his home finding relief and peace crying in the shower, and scolding himself (and other men) for thinking that crying was only for women, and wishing he had known years ago the relief that tears can bring. But you see, the problem is: that summary is n ...more
Apr 19, 2015 N. rated it it was ok
Hackneyed, uninspiring, egotistical, often clearly envious of other others. I'm not sure I'd even call this "poetry".

Having said that, there were a few random poems that I got something out of, if only for the idea. The poem about a man reflecting on the childhood games he played with his friends while looking at the landscape in which their young imaginations soared is one anyone reflecting on their lost childhoods can appreciate in spirit. But it turned a little angry toward the end when he n
RK Byers
Apr 19, 2013 RK Byers rated it it was ok
i don't think it's fair to call this poetry. it's just a lot of random words, some of which rhyme.
Mark Oppenlander
Dec 30, 2011 Mark Oppenlander rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
This is Bradbury's second book of poetry and it is slighter than his first, in several ways.

First, it is a slim volume. The edition I read clocks in with only 77 pages, which is about half the length of his first volume, "Where Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed." Length is no assurance of quality, but if you're going to create a smaller book the second time out, you should have some assurance that the quality of the pieces you're collecting is really top-rate. This collection does not feel
Oct 30, 2014 LemontreeLime rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This has it's moments. The 'Why didn't somebody tell me about crying in the shower?' poem is quite good, so is 'Somewhere a band is playing' which he later turned into a novelette. My favorite was 'Ghost at the window, Hive on the hearth'. The man was fearless when playing with words, and sometimes he makes combinations that were just _so right_ you wonder why they were never put together before. It's not GREAT poetry, but it is a lot of fun. (another good one to look for, 'I have a brother, mos ...more
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Dec 28, 2013 Jesuías Gómez López rated it it was amazing
an extraordinary blending of magical realism and science fiction in poetry
Aug 12, 2014 QS rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, library, poetry, 2013
Yeah, so, I love Bradbury to death, I really do...but the man should have stuck with prose.
Dec 26, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Again, Bradbury's poetry is not as fine as his prose in my opinion.
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Jul 29, 2010 Megan C rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Nice, nice, very nice.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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