“Gudding is happy to be silly. He’s out for fun, and his ‘A Defense of Poetry’ is a kind of spree of paradoes, burlesques and slapstick comedy. . . .This is good fun.”
"Gabriel Gudding takes parody seriously. A Defense of Poetry pastiches rambunctious riffs, scatological scats, and madcap myth. A modern day Lewis Carroll, Gudding is foremost a comic poet. His zany imagery, ear for the absurd, and wry timing make his stanzas stand up and sparkle."
"When you read these poems you will go ahh, you will go a little nuts, you will ask yourself who is this hussar who has taken a pint of silver polish and applied it to The Charge of the Light Brigade’? And by the relentless bravura of his pen he will answer you, and you will be made happy, you will be made glad, you will be made blinking, for a few more flamelike strokes have been added to the ongoing genesis of American poetry."
This is a great book. The poet uses humor to comment on the human condition. It says so much about life, hate and love. Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Matthew Anderson
This Poop is brilliant. If you like Christopher Smart (Gabe's Smarter), Levine (Gabe's not nearly as boring), or Christopher Twigg (Gabe may be leafier)--you'll like this. Read morePublished on October 29, 2004 by Mikey
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I relish the idea that Gabe is as ballsy as some other reviewers feel he is. I want to see heads roll and walls tumble in the contemporary kingdom of... Read more
Gabe Gudding may very well be a genius.
Gabe Gudding may very well be a psychopath.
It's interesting that none of the other reviews (as of this writing) for this book are... Read more
This book has a tough time getting put down, but not a tough time getting... yada, yada. It's an interesting, intelligent, original, & entertaining (like movie... Read morePublished on January 21, 2004
I'm not a poet, nor do I have a Ph.D., although I have wasted my time on occasion--Here's one reason why some reviewers writing here try to make this book of fart jokes into... Read morePublished on January 18, 2004
If you happen to be serious (and by serious I don't mean "serious," I mean SERIOUS) fan of poetry, you have found the right book here. Read morePublished on November 19, 2003 by Kelly Langston-Smith
Contrary to the reader below from San Diego, I don't find the book terrible
and pointless at all. Read more
And probably one of the most intelligent books of poetry I have read in years, the last being Dugan's first. One of the great first books. Read morePublished on July 2, 2003 by H. Hardy