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Patchwork Narrative Paperback – October 27, 2013
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About the Author
Tyler J. Yoder is a poet, dreamer, amateur taxidermist, raconteur, ne'er-do-well, and traveler. His first slim volume of poetry, Patchwork Narrative, is the heavily reduced distillation of his last ten years. He currently aspires to travel Europe by foot, rail, and bus, to fuel further volumes.
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I hate poetry.
Oh my god, I hate it so very much.
We, poetry and I, had a fiery passionate affair until I became an English major in college. Then I got to know poetry better. And poets, those self-indulgent, crazy, ridiculous people. Ugh.
I grew to loathe poetry. I hated how hard it became to understand, I hated how "good" poetry made my eyes roll into the back of my head, I hated it all.
Except children's poetry because that was still fairly uncomplicated and manageable, aimed at entertaining soft, young minds, not making maudlin of the entire world.
Oh and love poetry? GAG! Worst Stuff EVER!
I hate poetry so very much.
And then I got this book.
I put off reading it forever because I didn't want to admit, "Yes, I got this book but I actually hate poetry, so...I'll probably never read it."
But here's the thing, the magical little moment:
I was cataloging this book for work and there was a power surge and for some reason my surge protector didn't work and my computer shut down and I had to wait about 10 minutes for everything to reboot...so...I read this damn slim volume of poetry while I waited to be able to resume working.
I only admit this under my breath and with my eyes all sideglancing and peevish: I did not hate these poems.
Yes, sure, there are hints of the amateur hand here and there and some rhymes are a bit forced and stumbly, but on the whole?
Not only did I understand almost every single piece both on a cerebral level as well as a personally emotional level, but I...ugh, I hate saying this...enjoyed the feeling of my eyes looking over the words flowing down the page.
Some of the poems are funny, wryly humorous, often darkly so. Others aren't. Some are painful. Others are punchy. And most of them, I reluctantly admit, are pretty damn good.
I don't plan to read a lot more poetry because of this; I'm not re-converted. My favorites are still Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky (ok, honestly, I like Robert Burns, too, but let's not let that get out) but I do own an ecopy of this book and I'll probably actually read some of the poems over and over like I used to back before I learned to hate poetry.
I 100% recommend this to people who like poetry, especially the Romantics (not the band)(well, not that I'm excluding people who like the band, mind you)
This really is a lovely volume and I hope to see more and hopefully in bound print.
This collection is amazing. I have read through it twice since grabbing the kindle edition and am hoping I can snag a print copy for my shelf one day.
The author's voice is what captured my heart. It's so real and the pictures he paints are so vivid I feel like I have been transported. I'm not ashamed to say I lost my breathe at several points while reading.
I wish I myself was a better writer so I could do this book justice with a detailed review describing exactly how he evokes the emotions he does with his writing, but alas all I can say is this became an instant favorite and you should do yourself a favor and read it, because it is beautiful.