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Injecting Dreams Into Cows Paperback – September 1, 2012
LaunchPad Solo for Literature
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Top Customer Reviews
Favoring the rhythms and rhymes of the nursery coupled with postmodern, `bohemian' imagery of adulthood in the technological age, Randall's poems are likable and sharable at first glance. Like sneaking out of a young child's birthday party when it starts to get boring, these poems are short and sassy; they cut like a knife, but a gummy one; they're casual, but with a metallic aftertaste; they're light verse, but have significant bite. We read about robots lost in mazes, lust expressed through velcro, muppets in an existential crises, and scientists injecting dreams into cows--Randall's palette of subjects is quick, colorful chrome.
Although Randall's topics intrigue, what about the actual poetic devices? About midway through the collection, the feeling creeps in that too many of these poems have actually left me in the dark as to what they mean or what I was supposed to feel. They cut quick, but perhaps a little too quick, leaving the reader in a state of experience instead of understanding. I wished the poems would take themselves just a bit more seriously at times--and when they did (as in her poems about motherhood and child-rearing), it might have been too late.
More centrally, Randall gets three stars instead of four for a *collection* that fails to enchant. While perhaps I should've let the wonderful opening poem, "Metaphor," guide me in reading the rest ("...This poem is like a pillow.Read more ›
Now I can read one or two at a time as a treat.
Jessy Randall's poems are silly yet serious, are totally accessible to anyone living in the 21st century, and are grounded in reality but fly off into fantasy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like a previous reviewer, my favorite poem by far is "Why I had children." Ms. Randall's work feels light and airy and easy, but will leave you musing over the images for... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Inge-Marie Eigsti
Pretty fun book of poems. The playful cover is the perfect invitation to the playfulness of the work itself. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Sig Redman
Jessy Randall's readers know they can expect funny poems that get beyond jokes to real humor with real heart. More good stuff in this new collection. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Paul Sampson