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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.