Prickly (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/7/11
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Poetry. PRICKLY is a medley of nonacademic, unprofessional poems written by a cantankerous, often drunken cab driver. They range from prose-like narratives to more lyrical poems. The subjects are loosely based on Schneider's cab fares who are often mentally deranged or physically ill and also from his personal life, the domestic life of a below-blue- collar gringo and a Mexican immigrant. There is sex, humor, rants on artists and writers, and the thorny beauty of the American Southwest.
Mather Schneider doesn't write "rhymers"--I thought. Songs abound here in free verse form. Sketches. Essays. Raymond Carveresque vignettes. And more. Stand-up comedy deadpanned from the driver's seat of a panic button-equipped Tucson cab.
--Mike Daily, author of Gagaku Meat: The Steve Richmond Story
Oftentimes a reader of poetry will comment about a specific poem, "That poem really spoke directly to me!" The one in here that did it for me was the one he wrote about noticing his BO on his day off from work because he didn't put deodorant on that day. I in fact was off from work and sweating without deodorant when I read this book.
He gets his ass kicked by a swan, picks up weirdos in his cab, gets up on his horse and tells us what we should not do. The poem "Let's Not" was probably a big contributor to 'cantankerous' in the book description.
Like I mentioned in the review title, this book didn't suck. The author bio on the back cover says it's his fourth full-length book and I'll definitely go through his backlist for more. Put 'em right up there on my shelf next to the Bukowski books.