Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Lineup #4

I mentioned to Gerald So, editor of The Lineup, that I love poetry, but I'm at a disadvantage when it comes to reviewing the art--I'm just not intellectually savvy enough to put in words what I like about a poem. He was still kind enough to send me an advanced look at issue #4 and I'm grateful he did.

Even though The Lineup contains poems about crimes, I was surprised to see the names of Keith Rawson, Kieran Shea, and Steve Weddle among the author list. Hey, I know them boys and yet I never knew they had the Longfellow in them. Well, now I do, because all three left me in admiration of their stories laid to verse in this collection. Mr. Rawson's "A Story to Tell Our Daughter" had me re-reading it to my wife who also gave it a thumbs up.

Most of the poems, like "Daughter," are short in nature and I finished the whole issue in less than thirty minutes. Other contributors include Ken Bruen, Chad Rohrbacher, and John Stickney. Introduction is by Reed Farrel Coleman.

I have since gone back for a second helping because good poetry wriggles into your cranium and squirrels around until you think you've seen every possible angle. The Lineup is like that--marvelous poetry that deserves several reads. Highly recommended.

Click here and learn more about The Lineup and how to order.

12 comments:

Kieran Shea said...

we all have a little poetry in us, david, and we all have a little crime.

Dave King said...

This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for putting it up.

David Barber said...

Sounds cool, and that's an impressive line-up!

David Cranmer said...

KS, I hear you but I may leave the poetry part of my creative endeavors private. I'm still a "Roses are red.." kind of guy.

Dave, Much of your work would be perfect for The Lineup. I hope you take a look.

David, All the stops were pulled out for this issue.

pattinase (abbott) said...

This is how I feel with my writing group, most who write poetry. I have written a few in my time, but have no confidence in my ability to write them. Or read them. I wish I had taken a class in reading poetry in college.

Gerald So said...

Glad you enjoyed The Lineup #4, David. I stopped in to note that Patti Abbott is being modest about her poetry. Her poem in The Lineup #3, "Articulating Space", was lauded by poet/novelist/bookseller Owen Hill.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Gerald is kind as always. But I have the first three of these so will pick up four to have the complete set.

Keith Rawson said...

Believe it or not, David, all of my early published work (and we're talking 21 or 22 early) was poetry in now long dead journals. I'm damn proud to be part of this volume and thanks for the kind words, sir.

David Cranmer said...

Patti, I wrote one poem as a teen and I still remember it... but it is best left unpublished.

Thanks again, Gerald. You have a top collection.

Keith, Maybe you should dust off those long dead journals, amigo. Quite impressive.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I like poetry...some is wonderful...but I've never really read it in a non-academic setting. Other than Dr. Seuss, of course, and other children's rhymes.

This sounds very interesting.
Particularly if it features haikus. :)

Gerald So said...

Hi, Alyssa. We haven't accepted haiku yet, but we are open to any poetic form. For a sample of our poems, you can listen to our two appearances on Seth Harwood's CrimeWAV podcast. Visit http://poemsoncrime.blogspot.com and look for "Multimedia" on the right sidebar. Hope you enjoy.

pattinase (abbott) said...

No post yet! Congrats again.