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Wisdom & Dust

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Neil McCrea is a poet and author living in the Pacific Northwest. His work has most recently appeared in "Knock, Etc: a Review of General Semantics," and in the NeoPoiesis anthology "Candy. Wisdom & Dust" is his first poetry collection.
Like water into wine, McCrea consistently and effortlessly transforms the quotidian into the revelatory. Wisdom & Dust da
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Neopoiesis Press, LLC
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I can’t say I’ve read anything like this before. In some ways it contains the darkness of the drugs and sex from Hubert Selby Jr. ran through the mind of an adept poet. I seemed to care less about the poems of sex than other topics/subjects, and really liked the mythological references and allusions found through the book. As I neared the end I found myself thinking more and more about how much I’d love to read a hard-boiled crime novel written by McCrea. It would be wonderful. Even if that wish ...more
I started this book back in December but with so much shit going on in my life I had a hard time focusing and when I did focus and see clearly it wasn't helping my current mental state. This is not meant to be a bad thing or a statement made about the book itself. Just my current frame of mind when I first cracked it opened.

The stories are gritty... gritty like chewing a mouthful of sand, like peeping in a hole and seeing something that you really really really wish you hadn't seen but since you
Nov 23, 2014 Ioanna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: R.G.Webb
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At first I thought this isn't for me, but then I read...more...later and I started to "see" him, his world,(not my world, but then it was interesting to be updated on some of that, and that he was good at getting it down. I first got into McCrea because his reviews are so good--they're telling, he gets to the point succinctly, and as an extra plus he's well read. The reviews and the poems are peppered with literary references, something I like. The second attempt at Wisdom and Dust, a title I lo ...more
This may sound extreme, but I literally cannot live without this book.

It reads like a rainy night complete with a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of scotch, and an old friend.

You need it. You really do.
4,5 stars. Poetry is always hard when it's not written in your mother tongue, I think and there are some very strange and fancy words! I had trouble understanding some of the fine points of McCrea's poems. But then again, the ones I got and understood went right under my skin. Conspire was one of the most beautiful poems in the compilation and then there were The World of Shit, Sub Plot and Killers that were so powerful, weird yet wonderful. The one I remember the best for some reason is Fuck Bu ...more
This book is for people who say the hate poetry. Once read,some of the poems stayed with me for a long time, like "Killers", which made me cry the first time I read it. The collection reads like a cohesive life story,and that life is not always good. Some parts are uncomfortable to read because the emotions are so familiar; sometimes you don't want them to be so. The book is honest, unflinching and with no apologies. When you are finished reading it,you will want to know and read more.
The wonderfully crafted poems in this book deal with life situations that can either grab you by the throat and punch you in the gut, or suck the tears right out of your eyes when you least expect it. McCrea's world is seen through unflinching eyes underscored with a modern almost punk sensibility, and it never lets you forget that you are being carried along to depths that poetry is meant to do by every classic definition.
Annie Cargirl
Neil is a phenomenal poet. Each piece is a short story in poem form. His use of a narrative style in his work draws the reader in and makes them feel and see and hear everything that the subjects in his poems feel and see and hear. I never tire of reading his work. Each poem is a heartfelt vignette. You will not regret picking up this collection.
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Neil McCrea is a mythical figure of the moss covered Pacific Northwest. It is said he subsists entirely on a diet of ugly truths, beautiful lies, and scotch. Work attributed to him has appeared in etc: the journal of general semantics, Knock, the erotic anthology Candy from Neo-Poiesis Press, and almost every issue of The Poetic Pin-Up Revue. Wisdom & Dust is the first volume of his collected ...more
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