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Published June 30th 2015 by Indigent Press
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Jawknee
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads' First Reads.

Being a chapbook, this is a rather quick read.
I've already read through it twice and am starting my third go.
(Reading each poem a few times, each go.)

Keep throwing that shit on the pages.
e e cummings would be proud.
Citlalli Vargas Contreras
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Incredibly sad but still quite brilliant, this collection of poems just makes you feel a lump in your throat.
Mauve
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To preface this review: I am coming from a reader's position, but I am also a writer of many styles, mostly prose, but a little poetry. I mention this because I know how challenging it is to not just write, but write WELL. The reason I love (and I say love with all its sentimental, corny implications because I really mean it) the work of Diehl and Joseph is because I know the painstaking work that goes into writing in a way which is touching, honest, and bare. I have found these qualities, magni ...more
Angie Lukhard
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trying to think of something clever to post to describe my feelings after reading "Temporary Obscurity" but can't fInd the words to express the brilliance of the writers composition... Except 2 words "pure and honest"
Weasel Weasel
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I received a copy of Temporary Obscurity by B. Diehl and Charles Joseph. It was fairly easy to order online, and only $5. Temporary Obscurity is a pretty short chapbook of poetry blending works from both authors. The table of contents should help the reader distinguish who wrote what poem. Honestly, I didn't even think of who wrote what when reading it. I noticed style changes and such, but it wasn't as important as the experience the combination was giving. The chapbook makes you lose yourse ...more
Ronald Burras
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Upon finishing the nineteen pages of "Temporary Obscurity" I found myself wanting more. At my advanced age (fifty nine) most of the specific sorts of situations mentioned are decades behind me, but the general issues of loss and loneliness follow one through life, despite the changes of body and environment the passing years both gift and inflict. In short: This book "spoke" to me. And this speaking,I'm happy to say, was accomplished with precise, balanced, artful English. The authors realize th ...more
Kathleen
I so enjoyed this book of poetry: writings of everyday life, channeling eecummings, and stream of consciousness musings. "Turnpike Terror" makes us all "strange multi-colored fish" and the police Great Whites. "Two Strangers Looking at Books" evokes that feeling that just maybe this person is someone I can connect with. The sentiment well-expressed as "strange miracles came to mind." The hyperbole in "Dollar Dreams and High Expectations" makes the possibility of hitting the lottery outrageously ...more
Erika
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Four & 1/2 stars) There is something so familiar and relatable reading poetry from someone from your hometown. The poems in Temporary Obscurity are the thoughts that drive us crazy in the middle of the night. They're the things we think about on long car rides. They're the things we talk to people about when the sky is dark and the rain is loud. B uses personal exchanges to display a major point about our generations. We're looking for something better, something bigger. We want to make the ...more
Casey Kiser
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
4 1/2 stars. This is a wonderful book. It has a great effortless flow.

"Hang my heart in your basement
like a punching bag:
a gift to your pissed off fists."

...writes B. Diehl.
Two great poets come together in this little gem. A must read.
Patrick Malone
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
so good.
Suzanne
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I won a free copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I was a little bit thrown off by the formatting of this book -- the poems alternated between the two authors, and the only way to find out who wrote each was by looking at the table of contents. In fact, they were actually listed in the table of contents in such a way that it seemed like I would be reading all of Diehl's poems and then all of Joseph's. I had to go back halfway through and look at th
...more
NormaCenva
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I try to avoid poetry, really I do, I think I read to much of it in High School and now it is just too boring for me. But this one was a nice relatively fast paced albeit small read. I enjoyed the overall feel of it and it gave me a somewhat introspective aftertaste after finishing it. It was time well spent!
Jody Robirds mclane WP
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jody by: I won it in a giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
I was intrigued by it. I enjoyed it immensely once I got started.
Kaitlyn Turner
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I won a free copy of Temporary Obscurity through Goodread's First Reads Giveaway! Hopefully I'll be able to read and write a full review of it soon.
Carolyn
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read this about 5 times, at times I did not understand some of the writings. Over all I did enjoy this book , I will continue to read it for more understanding.
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B. Diehl is the author of the poetry collections Ballpoint Penitentiary and Zeller’s Alley. His work has been published by Hobart, BOAAT Press, Literary Orphans, Words Dance, Maudlin House, CLASH Media, and other venues. He’s also one of two editors of Philosophical Idiot. When he's not writing, editing, or breathing in dust at his warehouse job, he's usually hanging out with his cats.
“I wanna strike gold in Poetry's mine.
(But I don't want your money.)”
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