“Poetry of a Madman” Book Review

So I was scrolling through my “Blogs I Follow” page yesterday, and I found this post by Jason Alan. In the post, he mentions that he’s had his book of poetry, Poetry of a Madman, up on Amazon for over a year with no reviews. And I thought to myself, “I can review things”. Hence this post. Oh, and check out that link, because he’s offering the kindle edition for free (for a limited time), so snap up a copy before it’s too late!

The Book

Poetry of a Madman

The Genre

Poetry

The Author

I don’t know much about Jason, so instead I will quote the blurb on his WordPress blog: “Short stories, rants, poetry, unfinished novels, and look! Cows!”

The Plot

It’s a book of poetry. It doesn’t have a plot. Sheesh.

Basically, it’s a collection of poems, most of them by Jason, with the first section devoted to guest poets.

The Review

Poetry of a Madman was a very interesting read. My experience with poetry is mostly limited to what I read in English class, so I didn’t have any expectations going in. And I was quite impressed with what I found.

Many of the poems are about serious topics — current issues, the human state, etc. — but there are also a selection of more light-hearted pieces that really drew me in. One of my favourite poems was “i am, part one”, which Jason wrote years ago, lost, and is now trying to recreate. I loved the cadence of the poem and the imagery he used — when I read it, I found myself kind of singing along in my head. I think this poem would make an excellent song.

Another favourite was “digital heartache”. I don’t want to give away too much, but to give you a taste of the awesome:

“my farmville crop is sprouting weeds

these angry birds have too many needs

my mafia family has ceased to get paid

and my warcraft warrior never gets laid”

The book has a lovely blend of poetry. There are sad poems, happy poems, quirky poems, funny poems, and thought-provoking poems. I’m a bubbly person by nature, so I enjoyed the funny/quirky ones the most. But overall I thought Poetry of a Madman was a great poetry collection, and I definitely recommend it to all you poetry lovers out there.

The Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Click here to purchase a copy of Jason Alan’s Poetry of a Madman.

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10 thoughts on ““Poetry of a Madman” Book Review

  1. This guy sounds like a quack. Ha! Thanks Michelle. As for your question, the answer is yes. I would love to finally have an amazon review. Merci beaucoup!

  2. Reblogged this on Jason Alan. Writer, Character. and commented:
    I think this is my first reblog. And I’m proud to say I’m doing it because it benefits me. Me me me me me.

  3. Ian Moone

    He is a good poet and I like his book as well

  4. very very cool.

    You know what makes ME a madman? (woman) When someone tags me in a blog post that asks people random questions about themselves….kind of like I just did to you…….

    Yeah, my segue needs some work……

    http://literallylaurie.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/tag-im-it-thank-god-this-isnt-kickball/

  5. Hi Michelle. It’s great that you did this! I think Jason is a very talented writer and poet. Well done. 🙂

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