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  • By Chuck C
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Trumble scores again" One may have thought that after publishing his debut collection of poetry "From Behind Blue Eyes", Trumble might have said all that he had learned from growing up in a small city in Maine. Yet "Coming Of Age" proves that Trumble has gathered more insight, wisdom, and material for poetry from his own personal coming of age than his fans could have hoped for. Focusing more on his growth process than on politics and other social issues (though there are many poems on these subjects), the reader sees into the life of a boy becoming a man. True to reality, Trumble does not sugar coat life. "Broken Heart" is one of the shortest, yet intense poems to be found in the text. Trumble relates the earth-shattering sensation felt by a man abandoned by his women through a Dear John letter. In "Driving With Bloodshot Eyes", we are transported to the immediate aftermath of a fatal drunk-driving accident in which three innocent... More > people are killed, while the inebriated offender lives - a story drawn from a painful real-life event familiar to many from Trumble's hometown of Portland, Maine. Here, Trumble is showing us how one comes to realize that there is no just order to life. Sometimes evil wins, and good loses. The volume is not entirely tragic however. There are many recounting of awe-filled childhood memories and longings for the days of youth when being carefree was one's only job. "Trading Old For New" is one such poem, which compares Trumble's life in adolescence to his contemporary existence. "Missed are the pb and j's / that mom used to make / while now I have to cook / whatever it is I eat" Trumble writes, taking anyone with an American upbringing immediately back to those days. Personally, my favorite piece of the book has to be "Clowns Do Cry Colors", which sees Trumble break from his realist style and delve into more abstract poetry. Trumble uses a crying clown and his besmeared makeup as an allegory for man's inner pain and, more importantly, self-loathing that is obfuscated everyday by clothing, careers, words, and other accouterments. Fatalist in its message, Trumble rhetorically questions whether "... the painted on colors of joy / can really hide the pain of man." The piece of a side of Trumble's style hitherto unseen, but perhaps it is foreshadowing future works... and perhaps not. Either way, the book pays for itself with this poem. In sum, "Coming Of Age" carries on the folk style of "From Behind Blue Eyes" while bringing its own flavor and gravitas to the table. A must read for Trumble fans and those new to his work alike.< Less
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Michael Trumble
August 5, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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