Although the concept might make you think that there author had something important to say, it seems as if he doesn't. The poems were not thoughtful; I was just so disappointed. Apr 20, Gabee Long rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 16, Hadil rated it liked it.
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I keep reading this book over and over again! Jul 14, Celine rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 10, Kathleen rated it liked it Shelves: Quick fix for the weary heart! I'm giving it an average rating because seriously the ending is like poetry's version of cliffhangers. Iain Thomas has taken words off the NSA flag-list and made them about something more powerful and soul-crushing than war: And somehow it's not weird.
Somehow the poetry is lovely and you forget that it's a political statement about the NSA. It's so moving, in fact that each one makes you truly re-consider how the NSA can flag some of the words listed at the back as they are incredibly common.
View all 3 comments. Is is a really interesting collection given its concept. The poems depict normal feelings but you quickly realize that the metaphors used can be misinterpreted by a computer algorithm with no experience with poetry. The poems have really interesting imagery. Feb 06, Lubna rated it really liked it. The idea itself is interesting, but the poems are not as good as "I Wrote This For You"; they feel kind of rushed , and built around the keywords. Jan 22, A. Really liked 6, 13, 14, and Otherwise nothing that really screamed out at me, but points for the concept. Jul 29, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: An incredibly innovative idea executed really well- I absolutely love the idea of treating something so bureaucratic and cold as NSA buzzwords with poetry.
This is obviously a quick read, but one that stays with you. It also accomplishes what I think is one of the fundamental goals of poetry in getting the reader to think completely differently about the subject, transforming it through language in this case, the NSA list of buzzwords.
I especially enjoyed how some of the poems are obviously p An incredibly innovative idea executed really well- I absolutely love the idea of treating something so bureaucratic and cold as NSA buzzwords with poetry. I especially enjoyed how some of the poems are obviously political, while others are more universal and touch on the theme of love. Some of them did feel a little forced, but it would be hard for them not to with an assignment like this. Numbers 1, 10, 11, and 24 are standouts in this collection. Mar 30, Mirianna rated it really liked it.
When Iain says at the description of the book that if you share this book via email you would be a target for the NSA, and then says how ridiculous that is, it shows the beginning of a book that is a bit of a rebel. Poetry might be used as a weapon, because words could mean everything if you wanted them to. This is a book that puts love against different tragedies of the world, like violence. I would totally recommend this book to people who are being introduced to poetry. Jan 11, Vic rated it really liked it. Muchos me han parecido poca cosa, y creo que pleasefindthis tiene otros mucho mejores en I Wrote This For You.
Aug 04, Malena Munford rated it really liked it Shelves: Thomas marries politics on privacy with poetic prose. An interesting approach by far. I gave the rating of 4 out of 5 stars on account I don't see myself revisiting the poems. However, as a collective whole I found the very idea exciting and interesting.
Where you could give a phone book to an accomplished and talented singer, you could give Iain S. Thomas any topic and I'm certain he could turn it into a worthwhile read with heartbreaking prose. Jul 26, Lola rated it it was ok Shelves: I hold Iain S. Thomas up to high standards now. I can't really complain because I got it for free, but I hope the next work of his I read has a little more meat to it. Oct 14, RealDeadpool,The rated it liked it Shelves: Felt like the writing had an overall lack of flow.
Had a better potential. Dec 27, Mary Clare rated it liked it. I LOVE the concept--loved seeing the words listed in the appendix.
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I didn't particularly love the poems, some of which felt pretty forced trying to fit "pipe bomb" into a love poem, for example but this was ultimately really well executed and it definitely got its point across to me! Next time you need a laugh, take twenty minutes and read this.
The use of the NSA's watchword list woven into love poetry is brilliant! If I could shoehorn this into a UIL category, we would be reading it immediately!
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Jul 30, Shabab Kabir rated it liked it. Loved the poems The thought on the book was pretty fascinating. I had to read the book as soon as I read the title. Well I wasn't disappointed. Mostly enjoyable, though sometimes a little contrived. An interesting concept that generally works as a collection of contemporary poetry. Feb 25, Madison Rene' rated it it was amazing. Very creatively put together, Iain Thomas never ceases to amaze me.
This quick read is worth the one lunch break it takes to fully grasp each concept and it leaves you hungry for more from such a powerful author. Jan 09, Aj Cipriano rated it really liked it Shelves: Then there's poem Oct 11, Madi rated it really liked it Shelves: He told how Laura Riding threw herself out of a window without breaking her spine, or breaking it but being cured very rapidly. All that pleased Yeats tremendously. He stayed at the hotel and then went around and left the manuscript in a packet for Pound, accompanied by a letter saying: What do you think of it?
Yeats was rather amused by that. I once asked him how he came to be a modern poet, and he told me that it took him thirty years to modernize his style. I knew Dylan from very early on. In fact, I was the first literary person he met in London. All she did was write a favorable review of his first book. He would publish poems sent in by readers.
I always read this column, being very sympathetic with the idea of ordinary people writing poetry. And then in one issue I saw a poem which I thought was absolutely marvelous—it was about a train going through a valley. I was very moved by this poem, so I wrote to the writer in care of the column, and the writer wrote back. It was Dylan Thomas, and in his letter he said first of all that he admired my work, something that he never said again. Then he said he wanted to come up to London and that he wanted to make money—he was always rather obsessed by money. So I invited him to London, and may have sent him his fare.
I felt nervous about meeting him alone, which is what I should have done, so I invited my good friend William Plomer to have lunch with us.
We took him to a restaurant in Soho. He was very pale and intense and nervous, and Plomer and I talked a lot of London gossip to prevent the meal from going in complete silence. Mind you, he probably wrote a dozen letters like that to people every day. We all enjoy doing things like that. Also he liked to surround himself with a kind of court that moved from pub to pub.
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