Friday, September 10, 2010

Body Parts: A Collection of Poems About Aging

Janet Cameron Hoult

My Take:

Yay yay yay!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I have been so disappointed with poetry lately and I finally found some I enjoyed!  So often do poets take themselves WAAAAY too seriously, and this poet certainly does not.  I am in my early 20s, but I have to say that I found these poems to be hilarious, even though I am obviously not the intended age group.  One of my favorite things about these little ditties is the rhythm.  I am a big believer in not sacrificing rhythm for rhyme.  The following excerpt is a perfect example that you can have the best of both worlds:
What's that, what did you say?
I really haven't got all day.
Just speak up now, have no fear,
Repeat it dear, I couldn't hear.
The 3rd and 4th line especially have just a great flow and rhythm.  I won't go deep into the theory behind stressed and unstressed syllables because it is pretty snooze-tastic for uninterested parties, but let me tell you, this lady really nailed it.  She also borrows a bit from some great poets such as (a personal favorite) Edgar Allen Poe.  I'll tell you that man was whackadoo crazy as can be, but he sure was a genius.  Anyway, if you are familiar with his poem The Bells, you will certainly appreciate The Pills.  Here is an little bit for you:
Oh the
pills, pills, pills
All the never ending pills

Now that we have passed our prime
And we spend a lot of time
pills, pills, pills, pills.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of humorous poetry, or as a funny gift for over the hill type birthdays.  1, Pay Full Price.  I think it only fitting that I end my review with this lovely little gem of a poem:

Kegels and exercise
Don't do the trick.
So, I'm off to the doctor
To get myself fixed.

A snip and a tug,
A mend of a tear.
My doctor has done it.
She's made a repair!

So tell me a joke
Something funny and rare.
I don't leak anymore
I can laugh without care!

 Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel! 

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun!

Dee said...

Hi Kate,

Surfing in from the Book Blogs site. I finally signed back in after months of downtime and discovered your introduction. Love your site and this nifty poetry find!


ceemee said...

I love poems and this book seems like a super fun read!


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