- File Size: 1973 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946382035
- Publisher: OWS Ink, LLC (March 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XSHVDQ8
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Poetry has never been my thing, but I really enjoyed Urban Mythology! Normally when people who aren't poets or huge poetry fans think of poetry, struggling to understand, relate to, and interpret what the poet writes comes to mind (my boyfriend calls poetry a "random jumble of words"). That's definitely not the case with Eric Keizer's collection. He paints a lovely, vivid picture of the city and people of Chicago. However, even if you've never been there (I haven't), it's easy to imagine what he writes happening in any bustling city full of life. And that's really what this collection feels like it's about - life, living life and all that entails. Though the description says it's a celebration of Chicagoans, I'd say it's a celebration of human success and resiliency, and touches upon those things we all have in common.
There are so many lovely pieces in the collection, I don't think I could pick a favorite. It is definitely a work that I'm sure I'll find myself wandering back to every now and again. If you like poetry, definitely check out this debut collection!
I loved that Keizer had multiple levels and innuendos in his poems. I’m not sure there was a single poem in this book that was straight forward. The thought he put into each one to develop this is beautiful.
I also love that the poems themselves tell a story when reading the collection as a whole. I can see now the poet walking around his city, engaging it with all five senses, to tell the story of what he sees in verse. I think that’s a cool touch with this collection – each poem speaking, and each part coming together into an exponential whole.
Finally, I really appreciated the down-to-earth way in which the collection was presented. I’ve had occasionally come across poetry collections that end up feeling pretentious in how they are organized and packaged. This was certainly not the case here. Keizer provides a more accessible and refreshing entry into the poetic world.
It’s hard to say what I didn’t like about this book, particularly since I am not as good at critiquing poetry. I think the one thing I would like to have seen is a little bit clearer thread throughout the book. There were a couple spots where I felt like the thread between each of the poems seemed a bit murky.
Overall, I really enjoyed this little book of poetry. Keizer paints a beautiful, gritty, and real portrait of life in the city. He does not shy away from the seamier side of this life either. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is on sale now so grab a copy and tell me what you think!
I have never been a big reader of modern poetry. I prefer to dive into Medieval and Renaissance poetry. Keizer's poetry is both modern and classical, a perfect pairing of today's world with elements of myth and legend that the older poets built their foundation upon. Keizer is the most pre-modern modern poet I have ever read, and that makes me excited to dive into more of his poetry. It is the sort of poetry that most readers can enjoy, with allusions to today's world and elements woven in with subtle hints of myths. Thus why the name, Urban Mythology, is perfectly appropriate for such a collection.
There is little risk to be run in reading this collection. The chapbook of poems is the perfect length to whet your appetite and familiarize you with Keizer's poetic style. I look forward to the next chapbook that Keizer releases, and would invite you to give this one a try. You may find, like me, that Keizer is a modern poet worth keeping an eye on.