One of the poems contained in Enough Rope is titled “Résumé” and it is a lot more controversial than I would have guessed. I first read this poem in 2014 and it struck me as something…horrifying but powerful. Here it goes:
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
To give context, Parker was often depressed and attempted suicide. Her poetry is full of angst, cynicism, and a longing for death. I feel like a poem like this reflects her worldview. There is no hope; this is life. Besides, isn’t there theory that one of the stages of tragedy is humor? In her mocking way, she’s wrestling with the tragedy of her own life. This isn’t designed to be serious, yet it is serious. That is why I find it haunting.
However, one reviewer on Goodreads calls it, “callous and nursery-rhymish, and too shallow for the profound subject.” He goes on to call its conclusion, “a shopping list of smug quips.”
I’ve been chewing over his words but I find I can’t agree. It is powerful and depressing precisely because it is so trite. It is the title that takes this silly list and makes it powerful. It is “Résumé” because she knows these things only too well.
What are your thoughts? Is this poem insensitive or powerful? Haunting or humorless?
Tuesday teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read.
- Open to a random page.
- Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
- Be careful not to include spoilers ~ make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers!
“But sometimes she was foolish. Sometimes, her storybook self became curious enough to lower a braid and let a prince climb up or, worse, to follow a prince out of the tower and down to the ground. Those were the scariest stories. In Rapunzel’s favorite book, a particularly persuasive prince lured her into a bleak wasteland that crawled with repulsive, ground-dwelling people. Peasants, the book called them, and they were nasty things.”
I accidentally read the sequel to this book, Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella, first. I absolutely loved it. This one seems to have been less-popular with my Goodreads friends, but intriguing none the less. I’m excited.
I love fairy tale retelling and unique twists on traditional stories so when my Goodreads friends started freaking out about Hunted by Meagan Spooner, I knew this was a book I needed to find. In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty is a hunter with one goal: killing the Beast who killed her Father.
No magic roses or ballroom scenes here! Unfortunately, neither is there quite as much adventure or action as I had hoped. The beginning is incredibly slow. While the ending picks things up and ties everything together, I almost didn’t make it that far. The third person, past tense writing style places a barrier between the reader and the characters that is hard to overcome. Despite being a hunter and fueled by hate for the majority of the book, Beauty lacks personality. Most of the characters do. They fulfill their roles but little else.
However, I like how the author handles the Beast. She both shows and describes his dual nature. The story does a lovely job with magic, fairy tales, and mythical creatures. If the whole book were more like the last quarter, I really would have enjoyed this one.
As it is, I didn’t dislike Hunted. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Considering how well worn this story line is, the author does something creative and really gives it a fairy tale feel. It is a nice addition as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, though perhaps less interesting as a stand alone novel.
Confession time: I just finished reading Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I wasn’t planning to finish it when I started, but I ended up really enjoying the writing. Sure, this novel was less of a twist on Alice in Wonderland and more Twilight meets zombies, but I enjoyed it. I was rating the book on Goodreads when I saw book “1.5” in the series, a 5 page ebook available on the author’s blog called Cole…Meet Ali. It retells the story of Ali (the “Alice” of the story) meeting Cole (the love interest) from Cole’s perspective.
To be honest, this was one of the worst things I’ve read in a really, really long time. It was like super bad fan-fiction, but worse because it came straight from the author. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry while reading it. Cole was annoying enough when it was just Ali’s POV, but his POV is laughably dramatic and angsty. However, it was the “discussion” about home schooling (and the author’s continual use of the word “homeschool”) that finally did it for me. I just have to share this dialogue.
“Say the word and I will get us signed up for homeschool.” Bronx moves in beside me. “I want out of this hellhole sooner rather than later.”
“Dude. Shut your stupid mouth hole.” Frosty punches Bronx in the shoulder.
“Mouth hole?” I ask.
“There are no chicks in homeschool,” Frosty explains.
“I’m with Bronx,” I say. Homeschool wouldn’t be so bad. This is my last first day of high school, and I’m already over it.
Full the short story in its full glory – http://members.genashowalter.com/profiles/blogs/cole-meet-ali
Goodreads is one of the funniest places to go on Valentine’s Day. For every cute post like…
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Leave it to Goodreads to be the one form of social media where literary attachments are celebrated over real ones. These are sooo my kind of people! 😉
(Thank you to all the Goodreads friends I stole these from!)
I have made an amazing discovery. My favorite movie, Laura (1944), was first…A BOOK!
I know! I am so excited. From what I can tell on Goodreads, the book is even better than the movie! Which isn’t too surprising, but you can never be too careful with your favorite movie.
I currently have so many books checked out from the library that I’ve banned myself from getting more, otherwise I would have had this book on hold in seconds. As it is, this news has got me like..