on April 20, 2012 :
Poetry collections are great for journeys by public transport. You can generally fit a piece in between stops and then spending the remainder of the journey mulling over what you've read.
This is especially useful when dealing with a poet like Ant Smith. A dramatic performer, some of the meaning can be lost due to his deranged stage persona. The ability to consider his works at a less frenetic pace makes you realise just what a powerful and compelling writer he is. 'Mortician' is the perfect example, on stage, it is easy to misinterpret it as a ghoulish comedy piece but on the page the tragic desperation shines through.
The cover is a photograph of a drink and drug addled mannikin. Taken by the author, it shows that his talents aren't just limited to words. I was disappointed that more images weren't present throughout. This could be because this work is available in such a wide range of formats and some which cannot handle images well.
I also think that the collection may have benefitted from a proofread as I spotted a few typo's/grammatical errors but for a collection that's free this feels like a slightly churlish criticism.
In a nutshell, this is a dense and enjoyable collection by one of the most exciting poetry performers around. Highly recommended.
(review of free book)