Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems

Free Boat Collected Lies and Love Poems Collected Lies and Love Poems selects from a sequence of sonnets written from Reed the author of five previous books three novels and two stunts lends his voice and eclectic abilities to t

  • Title: Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems
  • Author: JohnReed
  • ISBN: 9781936196531
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collected Lies and Love Poems, selects from a sequence of sonnets written from 2008 2015 Reed, the author of five previous books three novels and two stunts lends his voice and eclectic abilities to this singular work, which, in addition to being a book of sonnets, is part love letter, part literary ode, and part delusion Evolving the classical sonnet, a form which sCollected Lies and Love Poems, selects from a sequence of sonnets written from 2008 2015 Reed, the author of five previous books three novels and two stunts lends his voice and eclectic abilities to this singular work, which, in addition to being a book of sonnets, is part love letter, part literary ode, and part delusion Evolving the classical sonnet, a form which still captures our spirits, Reed summons our contemporary yearning sugar sweet to splash of acid Come to me, writes Reed in sonnet 6, like tomorrow to a child Sonnet 41, in contrast, offers the lyrical confession, All I want to do is stab people With his plaintive lines, Reed gives expression to the inner ghost of the Twenty First Century sonnet 65, a valentine, wonders Momma, are there other wooden children Free Boat spans 54 sonnets, and that s a lot of sonnets, but Reed s stylistic ease guides his audience through an experience akin to reading a photo essay Indeed, of the 23 images in Free Boat, 9 are photographs by the author Rhapsody, serenade, picaresque, Free Boat would be as comfortably tabled with Nadja by Andre Breton, as it would be with The Dream Songs by John Berryman, Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, or Under the Net by Iris Murdoch.

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    909 thoughts on “Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems”

    1. i'm not sure what this book is, or how to review it. it is slippery pretends to be a collection of poems, but the poems are sort of stuck together with bits of commentary, faux-memoir, hints of crimes committed, loves lost, history experienced, memories half-shared… in a way it's like Pale Fire, where poem and commentary unite and also trip over each other with digressions, tantalizing fragments, allusions, winky wordplay, foreshadowing, polyglot playfulness, metafictional fourth-wall breaking [...]


    2. I applaud John Reed.Just finished Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems by John Reed. Since the rhythms of poetry derive in great part from the characteristic rhythms of the emotions, the supra-emotional nature of Reed's poetry would be sufficient explanation for his frequent melodic regularity. One could also attribute these regular rhythms to Mr. Reed's desire to approximate music and to secure the magical advantages of incantation. If the sound is regular and sonorous, it may prove melodic [...]



    3. I found Free Boat impossible not to love. It is more than a collection of poetry. Free Boat has essays, as well as sonnets. It blows itself away with its own overblown explanations of the how’s and wherefores of each sonnet. You don’t even have to read these. You can buy the book and read the sonnets. Also included are pictures of John Reed mug shots, and commercial businesses with the brand name Reed. Information included as well is a family history and the reason behind the name Free Boat. [...]


    4. This book is wonderful and creative and interesting, but it leaves you without knowing for sure if it had a real purpose other than to be what it was (was it a memoir?). Maybe that was the frustrating point of it. I liked it for it, either way.I like poetry, but poems by themselves. To dissect them is hard work for me, so a whole book is not necessarily appealing. So, one at a time or, if a bunch of them, I just try to enjoy them for what they are on the surface level--without context (historica [...]



    5. Very much enjoyed reading John Reed's Free Boat (C&R Press), which dynamically disrupts ideas about identity and authorship with as much intense rigor, humor, creativity as it does elastically revivify the rhythms and form of the sonnet.




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