Thursday, October 19, 2006

Reader's Diary #171: Sandy Shreve: Bewildered Rituals (FINISHED)

For those out there who don't read a whole lot of poetry (I'm looking in your direction, Barbara), this would be a great starter.

Bewildered Rituals offers great poetry. There's a healthy smattering of form poems (with a short glossary at the back to explain the forms) thrown amongst the freer poems. There's wit. There's a balance of political poems (correct me if I'm wrong, but it's John Crosbie she's referring to in "Object Lesson" right?) with light-hearted poems. There's irony, alliteration, imagery, rhyme, and basically, if you learned about it in high school english, it's in there. These poems are instantly enjoyable, but the more you explore, the more you find.

Plus, there's nothing too lengthy-even the longer poems such as "Writer's Block" are broken up into more manageable sections. The book itself is a mere 69 pages.

And best of all, no references to Greek mythology.

I am a HUGE fan.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yay! A poetry book even I can handle! I will look for this - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Heh - John Crosbie! What's he up to these days?

John Mutford said...

Barbara, I really hope you find it. And when you do, let me know what you think!

Rebecca, I have no idea. I hope he's not working on another memoir.