By X. J. Kennedy
In this, his 9th booklet of poetry, lyric grasp X. J. Kennedy regales his readers with enticing rhythm fittingly signaled by way of the book’s name, which echoes Duke Ellington’s jazz vintage "It Don’t suggest something (If It Ain’t bought That Swing)." Kennedy’s poems, infused with verve and shock, are by means of turns irresistibly humorous and sharply insightful approximately existence in America.
Some poems are own reminiscences of early life and starting to be up, as in "My mom Consigns to the Flames My Trove of comedian Books." "Thomas Hardy’s Obsequies" tells the weird actual account of the literary giant’s burial. different poems painting memorable characters, from Jane Austen ("Jane Austen Drives to Alton in Her Donkey Trap") to an incredible land tortoise ("Lonesome George") to a slow-witted guy employed to prepare dinner for a nudist colony ("Pudge Wescott"). Kennedy is a storyteller of the 1st order, pertaining to stories of go back and forth to far-reaching locations, from the Galápagos Islands and Tiananmen sq. to the tense again streets of Bamako, Mali. This clever and shrewdpermanent publication is rounded out with adept translations of labor by means of Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, and others.
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That Swing: Poems, 2008–2016 (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction) by X. J. Kennedy