Review: What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other by Jeffrey Schultz

Book: What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other
Author: Jeffrey Schultz
Date of Publication: September 12, 2014
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Source: NetGalley

Rating:  3.5/5 Beans

Short Summary:

The poems in What Ridiculous Things We Could Ask of Each Other comb through the rubble of everyday life in search of the shards of beauty and hope that might still be found there. At the same time, these poems struggle to conceive of the beautiful and the hopeful in some way that can escape the purely naive. They confront loss and wrong, but because “Elegy / is stupid, if you can avoid it,” they seek, so much as is possible, not to offer consolation in exchange for what ought not to have happened in the first place. If making the world right with itself would be simultaneously the simplest and the most difficult thing, these poems try to imagine the moment right before that change would become possible and try to imagine the questions we’d be confronted with then, in hope of opening the possibility of imagining the answers.

My Thoughts:

Much to both my cat’s dismay and putting off fixing my slightly dinged up car, I have spent the good part of a day reading this book of poetry.  Believe me when I say Dorito has tried everything short of bringing me a dead spider he accidentally killed to get my attention, but such is a cat.

This collection of poetry really held me in captivating for the whole read.  Reading it out loud even to myself just gave the words so much more power and brought me into the poets’ world long enough to find meaning. The post-apocalyptic poetry was full of humor and thought-provoking lines that had me talking out loud to my cat about the meaning behind them.

My only drawback is that as a digital copy it felt unfinished and a bit unorganized.  I had words that were either incomplete or completely gone at points which made for a bit of disjointed thinking sometimes.  Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book of poetry and give it three and a half beans for being so different from what we traditionally read.

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