The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way: Poems (2020)

The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way Poems From the fabulously creative filmmaker who wrote and produced movies such as Fargo Barton Fink and Blood Simple this is a provocative revealing and often hilarious collection of poems that offers
  • Title: The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way: Poems
  • Author: Ethan Coen
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way: Poems
    From the fabulously creative filmmaker who wrote and produced movies such as Fargo, Barton Fink, and Blood Simple, this is a provocative, revealing, and often hilarious collection of poems that offers insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft In his screenplays and short stories, Ethan Coen surprises and delights us with a rich brew of ideasFrom the fabulously creative filmmaker who wrote and produced movies such as Fargo, Barton Fink, and Blood Simple, this is a provocative, revealing, and often hilarious collection of poems that offers insight into an artist who has always pushed the boundaries of his craft In his screenplays and short stories, Ethan Coen surprises and delights us with a rich brew of ideas, observations, and perceptions In his first collection of poems he does much the same The range of his poems is remarkable funny, ribald, provocative, sometimes raw, and often touching and profound.In these poems Coen writes of his childhood, his hopes and dreams, his disappointments, his career in Hollywood, his physically demanding love affair with Mamie Eisenhower, and his decade long battle with amphetamines that produced some of the lengthier poems in the collection You will chuckle, nodding with recognition as you turn the pages, perhaps even stopping occasionally to read a poem Handsomely and durably bound between hard covers, this is a book that will stand up to most readers attempts to destroy it.From the Hardcover edition.
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    One Reply to “The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way: Poems”

    1. John said something to me earlier that perfectly echoes the namesake poem in this book Smart kids don t tend to do as well because they don t try when they think they might fail or something like that, hopefully That is the basic idea of the drunken driver It is not that legally we should allow the drunken driver the right of way It is simply saying that a reasonable person will always get out of the way of a crazy person thereby allowing the crazy person to win This is why the world sucks This [...]

    2. Eh Not great Out of the entire book, there are only about 5 decent poems, the title poem being one of them I stand by my first impression that it probably wouldn t have been published if Ethan Coen wasn t already famous.

    3. For fun Mr Cohen would wranglewords and the meter he d mangleIt s a serious crimehow he forces each rhymeand all modifiers are left to dangle.

    4. What a great collection It s a pleasure to read a volume of poetry that s genuinely funny and sometimes, yes even for me, shocking and doesn t spend a lot of time asking big questions with one or two notable exceptions.Anyone who gave up on poetry after stumbling around through Whitman or Dicksinson like I did will take heart after a few hours with Coen s poems Maybe I m just a sucker for low brow humor delivered in lyrical form The collection does have about 8 pages of limericks.I picked up thi [...]

    5. I was excited to find out that Ethan Coen of the Coen brothers movie making team had written a book of poetry I love their movies soWhich is the same mistake I made with buying David Mamet s book of poetry long ago.Mostly rhyming poems Poorly rhymed to boot With a plethora of disgusting topics that seem preoccupied with fecal matter, male genitalia, sex lots of sex , and prostitutes There are other themes as well But none of them much better.I couldn t wait for this book to be over And I don t k [...]

    6. too clever for his own damned good at times or, if nothing else, too clever for coherency but it is fun a long list of dirty limericks and catchy hooks to poems a fast way to be entertained but don t expect to take anything from it.

    7. I got this book because of the author I love his movies for a friend who likes poetry which is not me b c I am too literal but we spent the afternoon reading it together and laughing out loud I loved it and I got it, which that in itself is a small feat

    8. My sentiments toward this swaggering, staggering collection are best expressed in verse Uh, it s a little saucey, so don t continue if sauciness offends or irritates you.EIGHT LINES AFTER ETHANIf Thurber Poe Geisel NashHad all jouissent into Dot Parker s gashAnd had Parker agreed to carry to termThe resulting effects of their doggerel sperm Then the doctor on duty at the Algonquin Hotel with scotch on his breath belipsticked lapel Would ve held in his hands Though how could he know it A future f [...]

    9. I began reading this not knowing what to expect I thoroughly enjoy the Coen Brother s films and I was very much looking forward to reading Ethan s poetry This collection features a vast array of both hits and misses, mostly hits Ethan s poetry is frank, funny, and delightful He seems to write about whatever happens to come to mind You ll find poetry about love, loss, sex, greif, and general angst all in one place I feel like that s important Too many modern poets seem to be obessed with the trop [...]

    10. For some time now, Wendell Berry has been my favorite poet Though he hasn t quite been unseated by this remarkable collection, he now has his first serious rival, if indeed Coen can in any way be referred to as serious I was consistently delighted and amazed by the word constructions in this volume I can t remember one poem that wasn t ironic or comical, but each one is skillfully constructed and perfectly executed The topics range from the gross and bizarre to the absolutely incomprehensible an [...]

    11. This is the second poetry collection I read by Ethan Coen He gave me new thoughts on reading other poetry I listen to rap music, but never really read much of it.This is some laughs you are missing if you are not picking this book up Some of my favorites For What its Worth Such Sweet Sorrow The Fable of C Edgar Bitter My Dream and What I Made of it The Twa Duncies Hereafterin the poem You Want Spooky he wakes up to no penis Its sitting at the table with the morning newspaper The following events [...]

    12. I picked this up because of the catchy title, and because it s by Ethan Cohen He has a habit of repetition, to his detriment like when when telling a joke twice in a row doesn t make it funnier, the same thing goes for his good lines He repeats them, as if discrediting the readers ability to realize their quality on our own I also just didn t enjoy his poetry He mostly just made fun of poetry with especially bad poetry.

    13. I doubt that this thin volume will ever win much favor with serious poets the imagery is not strong, and the structures are formulaic But therein lies the surprise and hopefully the pleasure for anyone not familiar with the style of the Coen Brothers in their films As one half of that duo has here so aptly captured in words, the prosaic existence of humankind is punctuated by dirty, vulgar and violent tendencies, all of which we can do nothing about but laugh.

    14. You are probably familiar with this author s work as half of the genius film making Coen brothers Directors of Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, etc , but it may come as a surprise that he is also a quite talented, if at times vulgar and irreverent, poet.

    15. Out of sixty one poems, I only liked two Not a good average The two I did like were, Self Portrait, about writing, and How Long, How Late about the sudden realization of aging, and for this one, only the last stanza put it into the like column.

    16. Hysterical Just what you d expect from a Coen The author is Ethan Coen who is half of the Coen brothers duo who are famous for the movies, Fargo, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Miller s Crossing, etc the limericks are crass just as a good limerick should be

    17. Read this a long time ago Just revisited it and it is as awesome as I remembered If you like your poetry on the dark side this is your book The title says it all, no cry babies.

    18. Fairly new to reading poetry, however, am a huge Coen fan Many great and certainly very humorous work here There is a limerick section that ran pretty long, but overall very worth it.

    19. The poetry is some times lackluster and a bit pointless,but the dirty limericks are well worth the read.

    20. The poems are brilliant.The limerick section leaves you feeling like you need a few showers, but aside from that, the rest of the book is very good.

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