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Cocktails with a Dead Man

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A collection of 74 poems, including 51 that have previously been published in various literary magazines across the U.S. and in nine other countries.
Paperback, 1st, 106 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by
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Crooked English
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not a fan of poetry, so most of them I rate rarely get more than 4 stars.
This book had a majority of the poem either I couldn't plain understand or those I couldn't relate to. The 3 stars are for those poems I did relate to and understand. Also because poetry is art and not everyone understands art. :)

**I received my copy via the author
Joe Albanese
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my first poetry collection. All of these poems were written between 2016-2018. I hope you all like it!
L.B. Sedlacek
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joe Albanese’s poems in this collection are soothing yet they will shake away your comfort zone. He writes with a courageous voice in this poetical journey. His poems explore the ways we live our lives from the everyday to the unknown experience. His poem “Pssst…Are You Awake?” expertly captures fear, sleep, insomnia, and those loathsome creatures that come in the night. I love this line “Who creates these Rorschach cracks in / my ceiling?”
Albanese’s voice flows at times filled with self-doubt,
Stuart Aken
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, literary
This is a mix of the intensely personal, regarding love and its outcomes; the general as it relates to writers a group; and life in many of its guises.
Poetry, and the reader’s response to it, is always personal. So, my review here can reflect only my experience of reading the collection and my ability, or otherwise, to engage with the different poems in it.
I confess that some of the work either flew over my head or by-passed me due to cultural references that exposed some of my ignorance. Howeve
Amy Shannon
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful prose collection

Albanese certainly knows how to write a poem, and this collection shows that talent and thought behind each one. I've read each one carefully and aloud, as I find that brings the poetry to life, and you can hear your own voice speak the talented words of this poet. One of my favorites was "Echo Knives" and I've read it several times. "Act III is all that remains of hollow halls. How it got to those haunts—redacted, breathing in only its echoes. Kindred lacks the ident
Pamela Scott
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is my first time reading the author. I enjoyed the poems in this collection. I have specific tastes in contemporary poetry and the ones found in this collection are exactly the kind I enjoy. Cocktails with a Dead Man is a diverse collection that tackles a range of ideas, concepts and subject matter. The poems are well written and engaging and a pleasure to read. I especially liked A Simple Synopsis, How I Love, Creak of Chatter, Postcards from a Stra
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“For simply being, the world should thank you.”

Joe Albanese’s collection of poetry in Cocktails with a Deadman beautifully captures the rawness and realness of the multiple moments most of us experience in our lives. From the inability to find work in our high unemployment rate to the desire for something more in life, Albanese addresses a number of topics that most of humanity has experienced at one point. Elegantly written with a variety of poetic formats, Albanese’s collection of beauty is a
Ramona Mead
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Reviewing poetry can be challenging for me because it's so personal to the poet. I only connected with a few of these poems, but that doesn't mean they aren't well written. The entire collection was obviously crafted with great care and skill. The overall tone of the collection is dark and emotional, which I liked. I can appreciate that these are all genuine works.
Satisfying poetry collection, focusing on communication, love, and depression.

my full review with quotations is here:
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Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry can be found in publications across the U.S. and in ten other countries. Joe is the author of Smash and Grab, Caina, Candy Apple Red, For the Blood is the Life, and a poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man.

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