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Thinking of Saints

eBook (PDF), 151 Pages
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Thinking of Saints is the first book of poems by Kevin Estrada. The collection chronicles the young writer's experiences and observations during a two-year span. His poetry is as promising, if not more, than most young poets today. Estrada's voice resonates the youthful innocence of Arthur Rimbaud, breath of Charles Olson, and simple language of William Carlos Williams and Jack Kerouac, whom he invokes in the first poem of the book, Ode to St. Jack. The highlight of Thinking of Saints is the Bookstore Blues, a series of poems dedicated to Estrada's year off from college.
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  • By Stella Gilbert
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Promising young poet" I twice had the pleasure of listening to this boy read in Manhattan. Already impressed by his readings, I was not disappointed in his first collection. If anything I am more of fan than ever. The way he reads completely reflects the way he writes without lacking the extreme seriousness or self-depracating humor contained in many poets' works today. His tone, is at once, bittersweet but always hopeful. The simplicity of his language, when heard, might sound like someone mouthing off rants but upon closer inspection of his written work, it is merely to conjure an image in the reader's mind. Although it is obvious that his style and technique is jagged and standard in the beginning, towards the end of the book his style takes a dramatic turn and you can notice his own voice emerging as he takes more care into chiseling his craft. What I like about Estrada most is that he tries hard not to alienate anyone who might possibly read his poems; that is the... More > main thing lacking in today's young poets. His objectivity stands out in a poetic age of confessionalism and no-nonsense gimmicks. An inherent struggle exists in Estrada's content between the pop culture world and his search for greater meaning, the "Truth" he pursues. This is especially apparent in "The WB", a satirical monologue about the superficiality of his generation. While Estrada champions "The Bookstore Blues" as an ode to his friends, there lies the evolution of his breath and voice. At best, the content of those poems is above average but a good reader will note his progress as a poet and thinker. The only thing that betrays his age, is his innocence. It will be interesting to see how he evolves as poet in coming years.< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
Kevin Estrada
Published
November 11, 2011
Language
English
Pages
151
File Format
PDF
File Size
462.55 KB

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