This was a book that was part of my monthly reading challenge for the Book Mine Set. Thank you John for setting up this more difficult challenge. It was hard to get my hands on the books. But I am SO glad that I did!
This is a book of lyrics. I never read a book of lyrics quite like this one. The poems are engaging and very moving. I just kept reading and reading the poems.
Coke Machine Glow is full of cute, descriptive imagery. Downie, a Canadian, includes many different types of poetry, ranging from those about love to places he’s been and things he’s seen.
His poetry very obviously reflects his experiences and his ability to truly make poetically “deep” phrases. The content is excellent and the drastically different lengths from one poem to another really adds to the enjoyment of the book. If you enjoy poetry that is more subjective and less straightforward, you will enjoy this book.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth