Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem

Killer Verse Poems of Murder and Mayhem Killer Verse Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and

  • Title: Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem
  • Author: Harold Schechter Kurt Brown
  • ISBN: 9780307700933
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Killer Verse Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder.The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men The literary forms they inhabit are just as varied, from the colorful melodramas of olKiller Verse Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder.The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men The literary forms they inhabit are just as varied, from the colorful melodramas of old Scottish ballads to the hard boiled poetry of twentieth century noir, from lighthearted comic riffs to profound poetic musings on murder Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, W H Auden, Stevie Smith, Mark Doty, Frank Bidart, Toi Derricotte, Lynn Emanuel, and Cornelius Eady are only a few of the many poets, old and new, whose work is captured in this heart stopping and criminally entertaining collection.

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    1. Poignant repugnanceice cold passionEvocative crueltyhuman humanityLush, callous, beautiful and deeply unsettlingPoems + Murder =What a perfect cover for this book. I love how it gorgeously foreshadows the elegant, polished depravity of this stellar collection of poems centering on murder, death and the darker, more disturbing aspects of human nature. Included in this morbid meter are poems told through the eyes of killers, victims and those loved ones left behind by tragedy to pick up the remnan [...]

    2. I've always been fascinated by murder ballads, so when I saw this book on the new shelves at my library I had to check it out. The poetry within spans hundreds of years, from anonymous murder ballads to more contemporary poems. Some poems were about actual murders that had been committed, such as those by Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Others took place in the mind of the killer, or from the point of view of the victim.Due to the graphic nature of some of the poems, I'd say [...]

    3. Removing myself briefly from my Skyrim haze to read some poetry. This is a handsome little volume, very trim & compact with a nice red ribbon place marker. I was surprised that I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Am I getting too delicate as I age? Within the first few pages of this book, I found "Mother" by Kaci Hamilton. At first I thought it was about matricide & I was totally cool with it. Reading on, it's actually the mother that's doing the killing. "That little mouth/th [...]

    4. Here I am reading poetry. That is a stretch but when I saw this book I just had to check it out. Poems about murder. There are poems from the murderers perspective, there are poems from the victims perspective, and there are poems from Death's perspective. I am not a student of poetry so some of these have challenged me a bit. I tend to enjoy the simple, brief rhymes that speak clearly to me.Here is my favorite from the book:Black WidowMrs. Murphy killed her mate.The act was frowned on by the st [...]

    5. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I ended up loving it. It is diverse in voice, POV, content and so on. I also appreciate the span of time between pieces from when they were written. The way it is arranged is effective, and it is just the right amount of poetry. I wrote down eight "new favorite poems" and became inspired by the pieces. I borrowed it from the library and now need to buy it. Happy I picked it up!

    6. A pretty decent collection of poems, about murders and tragedies both real and imagined. Among my favorite poems were "With or Without Milk," "Facebook Killer," and the several Meditations on Murder at the end of the book.

    7. Overall, I can't say that this collection aroused great enthusiasm in me. There were lots of poems based on recent cases -- odd how many of those sounded similar, in spite of the varied forms used; perhaps it was that the way that the poets chose to tell/analyze the cases was similar. And the collection was unbalanced between very new (at least three quarters), late 20th century (most of the rest) and just a sprinkling of older ones. Might have seemed less incongruous if it stuck to just contemp [...]

    8. The ever-marvelous Everyman’s Library serves up its own selection of death in Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem. Divided into sections like Vers Noir, All in the Family, and The Mind of the Murderer that describe either the tone or point of view of the poem’s narrator, the collection features works about the usual suspects such as Cain and Abel, Lizzie Borden, and Jack the Ripper as well as a few you might not be expecting (Susan Smith, Seung-Hui Cho, Richard Speck). Mothers kill thei [...]

    9. This is another good anthology in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series. And this is the book of poems for you if you think poetry is all about daffodils and fluffy clouds. There's not a lot of laughs in this collection as all of the poems are about murder, psychos, and murder victims. But many of these poems are quite gripping: "Frankie and Albert," Tony Barnstone's "The Lover," Cornelius Eady's "Birthing," and Melissa Balmain's "Facebook Psycho" are among my favorites. As with any antholo [...]

    10. Fun compilation, great for when you're feeling a little mischievous and some are fun to read aloud. I'm not a poetry buff, but I enjoyed reading poetry around this theme.

    11. I liked it, but it was often a difficult read due to the subject matter. No punches pulled! Really traveled to dark places with these poets. Disturbing number of murdered beauties and pregnant girls in the traditional verses.The one that will stick with me for a long time: A Case of Murder by Victor Scannell. I think if you Google it, with Killer Verse you can read it online.Scary stuff!Nicely produced volume. The blood red ribbon for keeping one's place was a stroke of genius.

    12. This was an impulse read, discovered when browsing our local public library's poetry section. Each poem tells the story of a murder from many points of view, both murderer as well as victim. I was excited to find an excellent pantoum included, "Blue-Beard's First Wife" by Leon Gellert. I also liked Simon Armitage's "Gooseberry Season," and Mark Doty's "Charlie Howard's Descent." The best poems leave holes in their telling, where something remains unfathomable about what is described.

    13. I love poetry! In this collection there are many styles represented, from free verse to meters, lyrical lines. In almost every entry that struck me however, there was a master author. The subject itself lends itself to emotion, from the victim view, the murderers torment to the punishers predicament, it bleeds angst. This was an amazing collection, so glad I read it! Be warned, some poems are based on crimes within our memories, and are not for the faint-hearted.

    14. These aren’t your typical, flowery, lovely, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” poems. If high school poetry classes taught these poems, I guarantee there’d be an upswing in poetry appreciation. Most of them seemed to be about murder (or murderers) in general, but there were some event-specific ones I immediately recognized—not only the infamous “forty whacks,” but also the Virginia Tech shooting and Matthew Shepard’s murder.

    15. I picked it up during poetry month thinking it would be interesting and it was, but also super creepy. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone because they would think I was really messed up. It is also very gruesome in parts, and totally gave me the heebie-jeebies, which I was surprised by. It's poetry for goodness sakes! Still, it was a pretty fun read.

    16. Like all anthologies, this one is uneven, but there's a lot of fun stuff here. My favorite section was the murder ballads-- it's interesting to see these traditional pieces collected beside contemporary verse.

    17. Viscous and visceral as only poetry can be. A difficult read, even for someone who loves crime books, fact and fiction alike.

    18. The very best was "With or Without Milk." It was an interesting collection, but overall, I was underwhelmed. Glad that I had borrowed it from the library.

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