A rocking good read about a hard rock musician turned folk singer that I read at pretty much the same time that the latest version of that old screen favorite "A Star Is Born" hits the theaters and like that movie this book tells the true to life story of a singer saved and then alternatively brought to ruin by drugs, booze and sex with a final fade out due to terminal illness at the end ala "Love Story." Replete with mischief including gunfire at spiders adorning a bathtub and consecutive orgies brought to film and journals, it ends with a tear jerker. Recommended to one and all. Five stars.
Once again, we have here an excellent book of verse by Robert L. Penick who explores love, death, and the loss and gain of life better than most books by others this reviewer has seen. Notable poems include "Riddle" in which he talks about mailing his box of secrets (no one should be without one) to Madagascar and back, "What To Do When The Night Is Done With You" in which he discusses just what is to be done with those fields on a moonless night, and "boneyard" where he explores the aftermath of death where "Eternity waits/as quiet as a cloud." Suggestion: Go ahead and buy this book and explore all its many verses. You'll be glad you did. You'll find it available atwww.slipstreampress.org.
What a delight this book was! Full of old ghosts woven from bits and pieces of bark and fog and riddles too woven out of time. It has reminiscences of old relations, thoughts on artwork that summon up images better than any Rothko by itself could do and prophetic visions of cities washed over by the waves. I wish I knew better how to describe it. I recommend that you go out and buy a copy and see for yourself.