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review 2014-09-03 03:42
Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day - Casey Renee Kiser

I received a copy from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

 

I don't normally read poetry, but for a collection with such an intriguing title, I made an exception. And I am very glad I did.

The best way to describe the appeal of Kiser's writing is beautifully ugly imagery. She painted amazing pictures in my mind with her words and things as simple as "cotton candy shower" and "'dry clean only' heart" took my breath away.

All of the poems have a wonderful flow to them yet there is a tremendous variety in tone, rhyme scheme, and language. While many of the subjects are dark and sorrowful, they are presented with a wit and humor that do not leave the reader feeling down and alone, but rather enfolds the reader in their words and offers a fellow traveller in the journey that is human life.

Even if you don't like poetry, give this collection a try. 

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review 2014-07-12 03:36
Gutter Kisses and A Hug on Garbage Day
Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day - Casey Renee Kiser

The title is quite fitting for this collection of poems, I have to say, although they weren't quite as dark as the summary lead me to believe. Or maybe that's because my own personal definition of 'dark" happens to be Tim Burton.

 

Anyway, the poems definitely radiated a sense of personal and emotional ties between the writing and the author, and that's very important in poetry because it tends to be the deciding factor for many people, myself included, of whether I can keep reading the book or not. That being said, while I did feel like the writing was honest, I didn't feel a connection with absolutely everything that was written about in the poems. That's alright though, I realized, since it takes time to gain experience and to go through some of the situations that were mentioned in the poems, so this is a book I'll be revisiting in several years and then some more years after that to see how my connection with it has changed depending on experience.

 

The poems are fairly simple and aren't wordy nor hiding behind any kind of pretentious sophisticated interior. This book won't be the next bestseller nor an innovation in the poetry scene. But if and when you want something honest and "human" to read, turn to this book. I'll connect you with what it means to live and go through pain and climb back up on your feet again.

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text 2014-06-24 18:26
In a hugging mood

 

Dziś Narodowy Dzień Przytulania w Polsce. Nie wiem skąd te przedziwne święta się biorą, dzień przytulania, pocałunków, dzień bez pączka, dzień listonosza, zupy pomidorowej, kota, psa, białego niedźwiedzia... Niektóre są bardziej irytujące, inne mniej.

 

Z przytulaniem problemów nie mam. Koniec końców jest to akt przyjemny, relaksujący. Ba, nawet leczniczy. Naukowcy i lekarze wykazują działania antystresowe oraz obniżające napięcie i zapisują je w parze z 10 minutowym trzymaniem się za ręce (via).

 

Oficjalnie pierwszy Dzień Przytulania miał miejsce 21 stycznia 1986 roku w stanie Michigan, ale szybko objął inne kraje, w tym Polskę, która ochoczo adoptuje wszelkie dni specjalne i świętości.

 

Czy świętuję? Każdego dnia.

I o ile mi nie trzeba przypominać o bliskości z bliskimi, to jestem w stanie zrozumieć, że w dzisiejszym zabieganiu niektórzy gubią takie podstawy. Może to właśnie dla nich powstał ten dzień?

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text 2014-06-24 08:52
Keep hugging

 

Good Morning.

It's National Hug Day in Poland today.

Have a hug, even if you're not in Poland. 

Hugs are always great. 

:)

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