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Mud Cakes

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Poetry. The winner of the first Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, MUD CAKES is a deep and heartfelt examination of growing up in Middle America at a time when spiritual guidance comes from Luke Skywalker and KISS. Pop culture has replaced religion for a young boy in Ohio, and this collection of poems shows us how he uses modern mythologies to navigate the deterioration ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by Bona Fide Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mark R.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'll throw out a disclaimer, here: I know just about nothing about poetry. The last time I cracked open a poetry collection, it was probably by Shel Silverstein, and I would have been quite young. So unless you're counting song lyrics (which, depending on the song, I do), I have little familiarity with poetry.

That said ... I found Jason Schossler's short collection, "Mud Cakes," quite well-written and a lot of fun to read. The stories are about growing up, specifically in the seventies and eight
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Diane Olinger buers
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the tender and poignant reflection of growing up in a family, a home, a town, a country, a time. Touched and inspired to look at things a bit differently. Love Bona Fide Books and their commitment to beautiful writing!
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Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-books
"On the playground it always came down/to the same thing: Doug had the toy lightsabor/and I didn't," so says the narrator in "Being Luke" a poem that highlights the major themes in Jason Schossler's Mud Cakes. Schossler's first collection of poetry is a coming-of-age story in America, complete with explorations of religion, family dynamics and pop culture. Acting as an umbrella over the collection, however, is Schossler's depiction of place, and how this place influences our personal identities ...more
S. Wilson
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
In this equally humorous and poignant collection, Jason Schossler manages to deliver poetry that is nostalgic and reminiscent without descending into heavy-handed melodrama. Schessler's captures the joy, wonder, and confusion of childhood in verse that is deliberate and skilled, yet playful and accessible. Personal favorites in this collection include:

Lavatory
Steinbeck's Route
Ink
Loyalty
Rambo Knife

Bonus points for being the only poetry book you'll ever read with a reference to the 1986 horror fil
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