In fact, not only quirky these were also a little twisted and crazy I had a lot of fun reading some of these to the hubby We both would either find ourselves laughing hysterically or completely silent with mouths hanging open at the wrongness of what I had just read If you are interested in reading this interesting collection of poems, beware There is profanity and some questionable topics If that doesn t bother you.
be ready for some entertainment, and limericks Mixed in amongst these are a few shareable poems that are quite nice and give another view into Coen s mind Here is one SmartThey hurl their lightening bolts at me.
I duck and dodge and feint and flee.
The great contend the mighty strive The slippery, like me, survive.
From One Of The Most Inventive And Celebrated Filmmakers Of The Twentieth Century, And Co Creator Of Such Classics As Fargo, No Country For Old Men, And True Grit, A Collection Of Poems That Offers Humor And Insight Into An Artist Who Has Always Pushed The Boundaries Of His CraftEthan Coen S Screenplays Have Surprised And Delighted International Audiences With Their Hilarious Vision And Bizarrely Profound Understanding Of Human Nature This Eccentric Genius Is Revealed Again In The Day The World Ends, A Remarkable Range Of Poems That Are As Funny, Ribald, Provocative, Raw, And Often Touching As The Brilliant Films That Have Made The Coen Brothers Cult Legends Does wisdom fret at what s in storeAnd boggle at what s gone before Or rather does it not, like us,Do what it must, and nothing And is there credo any knowMore sound than that to just adjust,adjust, adjust, adjust, adjust,And every trouble, worry, woe,Ignore, ignore, ignore, ignore That s the second stanza of Coen s first poem titled We Sheep in this short collection and not at all what I had expected I thought it beautiful, Eliot esque even.
From there it degenerates degenerates sounds negative than what I was going for into coarser language for crasser subjects The difference between the first and second poems is particularly shocking My initial reaction was distaste, but once I got over the shock, I quite liked it The sentiments expressed and oftentimes the words used were not beautiful, but the total product was in an odd, twisted way Coen covers such broad, bawdy subjects as picking up chicks, bestiality, and farts Lots of farts Also included are over a dozen pages of limericks The cadences are sometimes a little off, but they had me giggling.
Between all of that roughness, there s the occasional beautiful poem whose unexpectedness just takes your breath away.
Poetry doesn t haven t to be stuffy Poetry doesn t have to be so highbrow all the time This is accessible poetry, rhythmic and rhyming poetry, poetry with something genius trying to get out, and I would recommend this collection to anyone who won t offend easily or take it too seriously Received through Goodreads First Reads.
Prior to reading this book, I was unaware that the author was a writer of such classics as The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona While I enjoyed these movies, I was disappointed in the quality of poetry this book provided.
I have been a fan of poetry for several years, and my personal tastes are geared towards classic poetry, which many modern reviewers consider to be high brow I am always interested in poets who break new ground with their writing unfortunately, I believe the contribution made by Ethan Coen was mediocre at best While crass subject material and foul language may shock and entertain the average minded moviegoer, poetry is a place this subject matter does not belong I highly suspect that Mr Coen s name will get him published while deserving poets are not.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, since I m a big fan of the Coen brothers.
These poems are mostly humorous The humor mainly revolves around sex, women, and toilet jokes About half of them are witty poems that work their way up to the punchline There are also dozens of limericks and poems that are quite short and crude throughout All of them would be perfect for entertaining the drunken.
Not all of them are entirely funny One poem entitled My Father s Briefcase is a solemn recollection of a hardworking father that I found quite moving Star, a poem about a bullfight written from the perspective of the bull, does have a great punchline but made me feel a tinge of sadness This book gave me the impression that Ethan Coen cares about animals and or animal rights.
Stylistically, these poems are all pretty accessible I think that they aren t too convoluted or experimental in meaning or structure Ethan Coen does have a good vocabulary, and he is great at creating rhythm with his words.
The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen, one half of the Coen Brothers film making team with great films under their belt like Brother, Where Art Thou and No Country for Old Men, is a twisted and unexpectedly thoughtful collection in places The limericks are bawdy and remind me of Christopher Moore s humorous prose, but less in the smart and sassy humor and in the low class bathroom humor sense Necromancy Never Pays stated that the poetry in the volume is geared toward a male audience, and in most cases, that is true particularly with the dirty limericks.
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One half of the Coen brothers, famous for their movies Fargo and The Big Lebowski one of my favorite movies I decided to give poetry another try.
Ethan uses one of my favorite languages Bad Language with his poetry of sad, happy, funny and how the world may end Kinda reminds me of the rock bands song Tool Aniema This will definitely give some laughs and wants to read to others I have one of his other collection of poetry in my grasp, can t wait to read.
Some of my favorites are Full Moon, Untamed Hearts, When My Marbles Have Left Me Just to name a few Great read Poems By Ethan CoenBroadway Paperbacks, 121 pgs978 0 307 95630 9Rating 2The Day the World Ends Poems is a thin literally and figuratively collection of poetry brought to us by Ethan Coen, celebrated writer of screenplays for movies such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona What most of us don t know is that Mr Coen has also published volumes of short stories and poems such as Gates of Eden Stories and The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way Poems.
I have been a fan of Ethan Coen s films for years and I wish I could say that I had enjoyed his poetry I wish I could say that he has broken new ground or made a contribution to the art form or was at the very least reaching for something, even something intangible But alas, what we got is mediocre at best I suspect that Mr Coen s name gets him published when lesser mortals would not be The Day the World Ends Poems has very little to offer The huge majority of the pieces in this book are scatological, concerned with buttocks, genitalia, various and sundry sex acts and feces There are pages and pages of limericks that might have been written by a 13 year old boy, crass and profane.
BUT it wasn t all bad I d like to single out a couple of poems for further consideration On Seeing Venice for the First Time is a spare, fitting tribute to the author s first visit to the city He is almost speechless and it made me smile to think of him there, a sophisticated artist done in by the romance of Venice To the English Language bows to the power of words, the power of naming and the comfort taken from knowing that someone else has felt the same as you feel and wrote it down and survived This poem is a throw away but has my favorite title When My Marbles Have Left Me Will You Have So, I cannot recommend The Day the World Ends Poems Mr Coen s short stories have garnered better reviews so you may want to try those In the meantime, make some popcorn and turn on Netflix.
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I didn t expect to review a book of poems by Ethan Coen, but April is National Poetry Month and when the copy was offered to me I couldn t resist I figured this would be a good book to let hang around the house in various locations so I could read bits and pieces and think about what I thought That Coen would be a good writer was a baseline assumption for me, but being a good poet is pretty different than being a good writer Poetry tends to be crystalline in the ways that films and novels are not It s all in the moment Lots of people think poetry is either stuffy and pretentious or always has to rhyme or must be about Love and Loss and Very Important Stuff If you ve ever read any poetry you should have figured out by now that poetry is a lot of different things as illustrated in Coen s The Day the World Ends, a book of poetry that is both deep and crude, beautiful and awkward Sometimes it rhymes, sometimes it doesn t, and often it is referential a play on other poets or famous poems.
I like some of this poetry, but I don t love it I m not sure Coen would be a published poet if he weren t a celebrity Ultimately the book depends too much on gimmicks, tricks, and sheer shock value a combination that works well in the movies think Blood Simple and not so well with poetry It s worth a sample some of the words are nice, but mostly it is what it is a book titled The Day the World Ends published in 2012 the year that the Mayan calendar ends and we all die as the last calendar pages turns us off the world to promote National Poetry Month and to indulge in a bit of wordplay Good, but not great.