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How the Losers Love What's Lost Paperback – April 10, 2012
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How the Losers Love What's Lost contains a handful of truly standout poems but needs the poems around them to attain full power; the hard times of the great poems and the simply good ones work together until the collection turns, finally, into a kind of protest song for social justice, but without ever trying to be--without ever seeming corny or intent on anything but showing how life feels for the cursed.
I would make one recommendation for reading How the Losers Love What's Lost. Read it while reading something else at the same time. Frank's ability to find a varied cast of no-luck cases is impressive, and his style is fantastic--he often writes in formal verse and his rhymes, internal, slant, or conventional, add a nice touch--but despite the different speakers/characters, there is a sameness of mood that would sometimes wear on me if I read more than five or six poems in a sitting. However, when I stepped away for a while, read something else and then returned, I found that what was sameness now became cohesiveness and dropped me immediately back into Frank's landscape.
Coming back to read in shorter bursts also allowed me to see subtle ways in which Frank plays on the expectations he sets up.Read more ›