"There’s a lot of play on words and metaphor throughout that I enjoyed and successfully brought a vivid image to life within the limited words of the poem."
An entertaining selection of modern day poems. ‘In Doubtful Taste’ by Don Behrend is described as ‘a collection of poems on topics of current interest.’ which you would think would much depend on when it was published but is in fact a very good description of the pieces within this anthology. Broken up into sections that all begin with ‘P’ from Pandemic, to Peacocks and Pachyderms, Parodies to Potpourri, at first glance these headings seem irreverent but as you work your way through the poems, their meaning becomes more clear. I think that this is a nicely formatted collection of poems. As I read the opening of ‘The Invitation’ it immediately put me in mind of ‘The Masque of the Red Death’. I’m not sure if it is intentional for this particular poem, but others in the collection do nod to other popular literary works, ‘Another Decameron’ and ‘The Yarn of the Ancient Mariner’ which I thought was clever. There’s a lot of play on words and metaphor throughout that I enjoyed and successfully brought a vivid image to life within the limited words of the poem. The range in social commentary also means that the scenarios discussed will be familiar to a broad spectrum of readers. From topics such as romance online, to amusing poems constructed around works from the Oxford English Dictionary this is an entertaining collection of poems that could easily offer a source of delight to anyone who picked it up.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
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