I think everybody should read poetry once in a while. I always try to read poetry out loud or at worst mouth and mutter the words. I didn’t get these poems at first but as soon as I started reading them aloud the passion and emotion really came through. There were points in this book where I found myself sneering with contempt or growling with rage borne of frustration. There was also a feeling that he always felt alone in the world, especially in a group. This I could really relate to.
This book is not for everyone. The metre is not easy to grasp at first and a good vocabulary is required for some of the poems. More than anything though this is a dark and angst ridden work. This book made me think back to my own dark times as a youth and how I came through them. I couldn’t express my emotions and so I scribbled in little notepads. I could feel every word of this collection like a physical connection. It hurt to read this at times. It is a shame that Kyle J. Knapp was not lucky enough to navigate his way through those times.
Life is fragile but art like this will live on.
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Kyle would have appreciated your honest take, Tony. And, once again, thank you for reviewing a BEAT to a PULP release. Always appreciated.