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4.61  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  27 reviews
'Beneath the industry black, We drink and draw the weather’s draught.'

A collection of poems from the Junk Talk Poet, that hold a mirror up to the establishment and society. The poems consist of social observations and critiques on modern society in the form of verse of a unique and experimental nature.

A dissection of the world as we know it.

Real Poetry for Real People.
Paperback, 84 pages
Published June 8th 2017
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Hali Davidson
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about the world described in this poetic book that reminds me of a poetic summary of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel Neverwhere. This is because Neverwhere searches for magic and meaning behind the mundane on the streets of England. Iin a similar fashion, Grenade Rain Dance drips poetic symbols and imagery onto real people working away at their lives. These people are from all walks of life but with a grey meaninglessness that blends together. As the rain falls on their lives the ...more
Stuart Aken
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry is such a varied medium that a reader approaches any work with cautious curiosity. What will this piece say, will it be formal, contemporary, or simply chopped prose?
The very fact that Calibna prefers his Junk Talk Poet handle may well put off a number of potential readers due to the propensity to pre-judge. That’s a shame, as this book is a delight.
His use of language is distinct, challenging, thought-provoking and satisfying; all qualities any discerning poet strives to achieve. As you
Melinda Butler
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The poetry is interesting as a whole because it shows us what humanity is really like. Look deeper into the meaning of the words, but some of this is spot on about the struggles of humanity. I enjoyed the poem mostly but there were a few issues with it.

The format of the poems made it really hard to follow and keep up with. I don't know if this was on purpose or just general formatting issues, but this kept me from fully appreciating the work of this author.

I like the use of simile, analogy, an
Lev Lewis
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It been a long time since I’ve read any poetry, and I’ve never read such a bang up-to-date oeuvre, so I came to it with some trepidation. I thought I’d be kind to myself with just a poem or two a day, but once I’d started, I just kept going. The fact that there are poems of different lengths, (from the brief ‘Horned Old Toad’ to the much longer ‘Grey Peas and Bacon’) and styles (from a homage to the Beatniks – ‘Letters to Ginsberg’ – onwards) made it easier, but more so, I got quickly sucked int ...more
P.J. Reed
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, thought-provoking poetry staring through the cracks in twenty-first-century society.
The poems offer a fascinating glance into our own lives. Everyone can relate to the feelings of admiration, longing and almost jealousy in ‘Poster Coaster.’ While readers will readily relate to the characters of ‘The People Watcher, ‘of which I particularly enjoyed the final stanza. Another standout poem for me was ‘The Staple’ which I found a great connection with.
The words in this collection flow fre
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Junk Talk Poet looks at a world that makes him angry. He sees society's restrictions and it makes him itch with restlessness. He watches people repeat the past and ignore the present. But he does not tire of looking. Though spitting more venom than the poetry I usually read (as reflected in my rating which relates purely to personal taste), many of the truths here are undeniable as is the skill with which they are articulated. There are many beautiful, lyrical moments in this collection, whe ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was invited to read Grenade Rain Dance by the author and felt it was a good opportunity to broaden my reading experience. I found the contents thought-provoking, presented in a unique way with intriguing insights into modern times. I'm not avid reader of poetry (modern or otherwise) and in all fairness to the author, I wouldn't be within the target audience for a piece such as this. For lovers of contemporary poetry, I believe this would be a great read. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5, if poss ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Take This Pill’ is highly recommended to all readers of contemporary, urban poetry.

It is a gritty commentary of modern day living offering readers a mirror through which to observe their own existence.
The poetry style is short and edgy, the words flow well on the page and are not wasted. This book is an intriguing view of the modern world in the modern style. It is social history in verse.

I particularly enjoyed 'The Bucket Shallow' and 'Magpies and 'Murder' to name but a few.

This anthology is
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite new to the world of modern poetry, where the flow of the words arranged on the page, are as important to the poet as the actual written verses themselves, however I found 'Grenade Rain Dance' to be an engaging and interesting read. Alban Woods (a.k.a Calibna J Kerr) has created a very thought provoking work, using energetic and descriptive language that dances across the pages, in a style that is very much his own. ...more
Jenny Gibbons
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not normally a fan of poetry. Yet the poems in this book -- dark, grim, and honest -- resonated with me. I particularly loved "The Others", a meditation on how every part of our lives happens because of other people. ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a story that at first seems disjointed and ruminative and then blends into a tale of contemplation from the perspective of the street and the denizens of that gritty place, where time is measured between cigarettes and the sound of gulls crying their raucous songs catches on the light as it travels over brick and ash, over paint and greasy pores. An absolutely visceral wander though the eyes and breath of the disenfranchised, the graffiti artists and the blue collar men, the tired walls of ...more
Jon Watson
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Urban unhymns these poems anxiety through city life street mind like stabs of pain and sadness bukowski like in their disdain for the crowd civilisation is a gyp “the carousel of could have beens” and perhaps the answer found in the mire “you have to navigate the nightmare the ecstasy “ existential modern life
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my first and only year of English literature we read a lot of Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, I found the prose of that author might impressive but somewhat lacking to my interest from being in the clouds too much, even the learned hermit would need to refresh on myths and history to fully comprehend the message. Perhaps I’m wrong in my assume that but this work reminds me of the contemporary movement characterized by Mr. Pound in English literature, while still retaining messages of deep felt mode ...more
Fizzy Twizler
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The style of poetry is refreshingly different. A collection of short poems telling a wider story. Very thought provoking and touching.
Carol Brown
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest collection by Calibra J. Kerr is not always a comfortable or comforting read, but satisfying and stimulating it certainly is.
As someone who has lived, worked and relaxed in a large city the poet's words resonated with me and jolted me in equal measure.
The influences of Allen Ginsberg and other ' beat generation ' writers is clear, but the form and structure are the poet's own. The descriptions and the imagery created by the use of alliteration, metaphor and word layout can both shoc
Anne Amison
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been following Calibna J Kerr’s work with interest for some time, and I would recommend the latest collection to anyone with an interest in modern poetry, and anyone appreciative of the opportunity to view a poetic voice and style as they develop and grow. In the latest collection we find playfulness with the impact of typeface and the layout of words upon the page, and experimentation with the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas. The use of imagery to build mental pictures is often quite ...more
Camille Aromin
The book is a page-turner! I liked it! The first part was interesting. It's giving you an idea about everything in life and other worldly things. The author spontaneously described in clear words to . The author's view points out to the first person. The message of each lines are okay, and all in all i'm not that satisified when it comes to the content but I can't say enough but believe in the skills of the novice writer. I'm giving a thumbs up for this. ...more
Mr L O Crawford
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authenticity and compelling manner in which complex social issues are addressed within this poetry blew me away. I rarely read poetry for pleasure but found this work to be narratively strong and captivating. This poetry forces you to question and to reflect. It provokes thought but is still a page turner. The use of language is stunning. Poignant metaphor after poignant metaphor. If you appreciate the art form that is language, then this is quite simply essential reading. More please!
Judy Ferrell
Poetry for today. This poet delves into the soul of the world. He used verse to show the world all of its good and bad parts. I found it poignant and at times fascinating. This poet has a unique mind. He seems able to see all the parts of a story and explain it in the easiest understand way possible.
Waqar Mahmood
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially I was just reading it for the sake of reading it but I can now say I have never related to something more than I have with this. I’m not really a connoisseur of poems or of much reading material since I left university but I don’t regret any of the time spent reading this.
Bethany Ellen
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another tantalising collection of poetry from the Junk Talk Poet. With every book released, I fall more in love with the authors use of alliteration, meter and rhythm. All of this paired with the poet’s unique view on the world around us, makes this a book you will not regret reading!
Tom Rogers
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling exploration of a post apocalyptic future not so different from our own through the medium of poetry, another masterpiece from the junk talk poet!
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Alban Woods formerly know as Calibna in his earlier works, is a published fictional author, poet, and has published essays on academic criticism and varied non-fictional content.

The poet approaches controversial social questions with a refreshing and stimulating outlook on the world, blending light and darkness with unpredictable bouncy alliterative rhythms.

In his inspiration to push the boundar

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