West Side Girl & Other Poems

Rated 3.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Collection of poems by Lauren Scharhag, written from 2004-2013, exploring themes of womanhood, family, and her German-Mexican heritage.
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  • Category: Poetry » Female authors
  • Words: 13,770
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781301100033
About Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag is the author of fourteen books, including Requiem for a Robot Dog (Cajun Mutt Press) and Languages, First and Last (Cyberwit Press). Her work has appeared in over 150 literary venues around the world. Recent honors include the Seamus Burns Creative Writing Prize and multiple Best of the Net and Pushcart nominations. She lives in Kansas City, MO.

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Reviews of West Side Girl & Other Poems by Lauren Scharhag

Prof. Pradeep reviewed on Feb. 9, 2014

West side Girl and other poems is one of the best collection of poems I have read in recent years. The themes cover personal as well as universal issues. The reader feels an affinity with the poems because of their universal appeal. I have read each poem carefully and enjoyed the thought and way of expressing that thought. Loftiness of thought dominates the collection. Day to day experiences, commercial world,soul searching and a journey from darkness to light is what i like the most about this collection. I recommend it for every poetry lover. JUST GET IT NOW AND ENJOY.
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Coyote Kishpaugh reviewed on Sep. 18, 2013

West Side Girl is a collection of poems that are riveting in their power. From the strife and scars of The Minotaur's Daughter to the isolation of West Side Girl to the laughing confession of Idolatry, her poems are sometimes uplifting, sometimes amusing, and often dark as hell. Stark, beautiful, and not for the cowardly, they leave fingerprints upon the heart. Be brave. You'll be glad you did.
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Margaret reviewed on Sep. 17, 2013

I loved this work. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Yes, the poet takes us to some pretty dark places, but it's always beautiful, expansive, eye-opening. There's tenderness here too, and wit and humor. The poems are varied and complex (some are short, some are long). Very original work.
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Megan E Kirkland Shultz reviewed on Sep. 17, 2013

Lauren Scharhag, writes of many things in a rather complex narrative. The view isnt always nice and sometimes disturbing. I was reminded of minced meat and surgical procedures for some reason after reading one of the poems!! I found many of the poems werent agreeable to me. Giving this one star largely because I didn't enjoy it.
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Patrick Roberts reviewed on Sep. 15, 2013

I just finished reading "West Side Girl" and was glad I picked it up. Lauren Scharhag, takes one into a world not of just beauty but reality, and fantasy. Speaking of the dead, the hearth, and her own frailties. Her way with words and presentation, especially with the emersion in her Mexican culture, she is nothing short of a modern Frida Kahlo for poetry. If you wish to read book of poetry that will rip your soul out and then let's you gaze in awe at the myriad of colors and spices that it holds this would be that book.
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Jess Elizabeth O'Connell reviewed on Aug. 14, 2013

I downloaded this book in PDF format.

Firstly, there was too much space between each poem, sometimes a whole page length, mostly in the first half of the book and some in the latter part. Maybe this won't be the case in other download formats.

I wanted to relate to the poetry but found I couldn't. The only poem I came across that I sort of liked was 'Homebody Homespirit.'
There is some imagery in a couple of the poems but not in many. I felt the poetry didn't flow. The content read more like sort of long anecdotes from the writers thoughts on life and about her own.. They would have been better served as short stories not 'poems'

Some of the poetry isn't suitable for kids/ young readers.

Not really my cup of tea poetry. But everyone's taste is different..
(review of free book)

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