Kate's Reviews > Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem

Killer Verse by Harold Schechter
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Nov 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, age-adult, poetry

I've always been fascinated by murder ballads, so when I saw this book on the new shelves at my library I had to check it out. The poetry within spans hundreds of years, from anonymous murder ballads to more contemporary poems. Some poems were about actual murders that had been committed, such as those by Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Others took place in the mind of the killer, or from the point of view of the victim.

Due to the graphic nature of some of the poems, I'd say this isn't a collection for everyone. But if you're interested in the darker side of human nature, I'd recommend giving it a shot. It's definitely interesting!
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Reading Progress

November 8, 2011 – Started Reading
November 9, 2011 – Shelved
November 13, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
November 13, 2011 – Shelved as: age-adult
November 13, 2011 – Shelved as: poetry
November 13, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Emily Bailey It's just like you to be reading this, Katie...

Kate Yeah, it's a pretty cool book. I've decided I only like poetry that is about death and murder!

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