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The Complete Book of Kong

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The Complete Book of Kong, by William Trowbridge, gathers the poetic wit, woe, and wisdom of both new and favorite Kong poems from Trowbridge’s books as well as numerous literary magazines and anthologies into a collection that will rattle your cage. Kong is hip and horrendous, always terribly in love with a small screaming blonde, and still bearing the biggest, brightest ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Southeast Missouri State University Press
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David
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is certainly humor to these poems, but it is a mistake to not take something seriously because it is embodied in humor. There is a level of seriousness that can only be achieved through humor, just as there is a level of humor that can only be achieved through seriousness. Though these poems speak humorously, the emotion they touch is not a laughing matter. Through silly images, such as of Kong as a baseball player or a dancer, Trowbridge reveals the sometimes sweet tragedy of Kong's imagi ...more
Michael Brockley
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF KONG is a collection of the musings and reflections of the well-known silver-screen simian. William Trowbridge's Kong tries out for an NFL team, shares a brief Hollywood moment with Godzilla, goes on a video date and steps on more people than the death numbers of a young Clint Eastwood western. And all the while, his love for Fay Wray pulsates like a supernova.
Chris
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful stuff, even for a casual poetry reader. Trowbridge has a wonderful sense of humor and timing that carries the poems. However, there is much heart to be had here as well. He keeps true to the beauty and tragedy that is Kong.
Erin
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: monsters, struggling actors
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Kong is one of my favorite poetic personas ever. He's kind of a brute, but at the same time, he's just trying to make a living over here. Cut him some breaks, thanks.
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William Trowbridge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. In April, 2012, he was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri.

His poetry publications include six full collections: Put This On, Please (Red Hen Press, 2014), Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kon
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