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The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way: Poems Paperback – April 7, 2009
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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!
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.
Sorry, I couldn't finish this
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.