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"The loudest has the final say,/ The wanton win, the rash hold sway,/ The realist's rules of order say/ The drunken driver has the right of way." Coen has proven himself a brilliant and original filmmaker; he is responsible, with his brother Joel, for Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; and Miller's Crossing, to name just a few. He has also published a collection of short stories, Gates of Eden, which received good reviews. So it should come as no surprise that we now have his first collection of poems. Sadly, to call it poetry is to be kind. These are, at best, sophomoric rhymes, bawdy jokes, and off-the-wall nonsense. They are perhaps the equivalent of marginalia or doodles mindlessly jotted at the bottom of film scripts. Observations and reductions that are more fitting to standup comedy, these pieces are often funny but are seldom anything more. Mr. Sands is a boarder who, after setting off a bomb in his room, can no longer knot his tie. "Tale of the Yukon" tries to retell a Jack London tale in four lines. There is the analysis of dreams, a parody of Bukowski, and a few dozen limericks (including a handful of "clean limericks" under the title, "What, Then, Is the Point?"). There is even a "Lament" in which Coen compares his poems honestly to those of Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Keats. It is enough to make one look back fondly on Jewel and Suzanne Sommers. Maybe it's I, but I just don't get it. Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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Coen follows up the well-received short story collection Gates of Eden (1998) with a volume of poetry. As one might expect of a man who, in collaboration with his brother, Joel, has made some of the most interesting movies of the past 15 years (Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?), the poems are strange, unconventional, and often ridicule the traditional poetic establishment. The collection's highlights are in two-dozen pages worth of unimaginably filthy limericks, the arguably least obscene of which involves a well-endowed rhinoceros making love to a Sherman tank. These are bawdily hilarious, but when Coen leaves their five-line, rhyming structure, he often flounders with awkward rhymes and singsong meters that rouse more cringes than laughs. Oscar Wilde once said that "all bad poetry is sincere," but many of Coen's unabashedly insincere poems prove otherwise. He verifies again that moviemakers and pop singers do well to avoid poetry. But each offering of celebrity poetry brings new readers to verse, which can't be all bad. John Green
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307462692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307462695
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have never read a book of poetry from cover to cover before...mainly due to induced narcolopsy after the first few pages. It was therefore with some degree of drowsy trepidation that I received this gift from a close friend. I read the first poem, then the next, then the last...and wondered where this guy had been all my reading life.
I found these poems to be surprising, cleverly metered and worded, and very, very funny. I loved "Agent Elegy", a scathingly intimate portait of a Hollywood agent in repose. I laughed out loud over "Churchyard", a collection of cautionary epitaphs, and I completely fell off my chair for "The Hopping Poem", "After Bukowski", and many others. Any book that has a chapter entitled "Clean Limericks--What's the Point, After All?", you gotta like. There's plenty of the other sort as well.
I find the fact that these works are the cast-off thoughts of an author who is accomplished and celebrated in another medium to be nothing short of amazing.
Don't be put off by the highbrows and their sneers...this is truly poetry for us huddled masses of lowbrows yearning for rhymes a little less rarefied. This is a wonderful book!
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I certainly enjoy classic poetry, but I also enjoy parody and fun poetry. This short book has some absolutely hysterical poems, and many of them parallel the classics. The title poem is actually making a great point about how the reckless people in life force the rest of us to yield to their desires.
The more bizarre/extreme works in the collection might offend some people, but if you have a good sense of humor and don't get upset easily, then you'll certainly enjoy this work.
A quick story: I brought this book into school and passed it around the English department ... almost everyone found a poem to read aloud, and we all had fun discussing them. The consensus favorite was the poem "Reunion," where Coen perfectly hits what goes on at the 10, 20, or 25 year high school reunion. Pick this up and pass it on ... you'll laugh at the least.
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Not so much Nash, not even Silverstein. With light verse silliness alone is not enough, you need substance. Oh, but you can't go wrong with a limerick or an epitaph, right? Wrong

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Open-minded adult readers who love rhyming poetry, humor and cutting through facades and baloney to the truth about anything will instantly love this little book. It will keep its owner chuckling, nodding in approval and thinking of giving it to someone as an inexpensive gift.

Those who say whatever they feel like saying and relish the work of writers who do the same will be in their glory reading Coen's poems. Those who favor moderation in speech and writing might have reservations. They don't need to be prudes to feel this way. Some are getting tired of writers who flaunt their "openness" when discussing vaginas, penises, drunkenness and the like. If these poems were part of a movie they would be rated R.

The quality of these poems is highly variable. There is some filler in this collection. The best one by far is "The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way." It is worth the price of the book to read this one and a full third of the others.
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