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Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow by August Kleinzahler
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Aug 04, 2010

it was ok
Read in August, 2010

Let me preface this review by admitting that I have never read anything else by this poet. I'm not sure if that matters as far as my thoughts on this collection, but I figured I should throw it out there.

If I had to give a one word review? Jumbled. This collection reads like an anthology. There are different styles, different voices. While this may show great talent, it made the book feel particularly disjointed to me. I appreciate the melding of high and low culture that is attempted in the language of this verse, but I don't feel compelled by it - it simply feels more like a writing exercise to me than actual writing.

There were a few high points for me - I really liked the title poem and the first poem in the volume knocked my socks off and had me expecting something great to follow. Unfortunately, the rest just felt empty to me.
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