Goodreads Synopsis: First published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Books, Mike Bond is an award-winning poet, critically acclaimed novelist, ecologist, and war and human rights journalist. Based on his own experiences in many dangerous and war-torn regions of the world and in its last wild places, his poems and novels portray the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, and corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.
I was recently given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was apart of my ongoing effort to continually be reading poetry.
For me this collection was a solid meh. It wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t the best. I had a hard time connecting with the poetry. A lot of it felt bland and like it had been done before. There was nothing new about the poems. On top of that the overall theme of the collection felt loose and unorganized. “”Mayham in the Boneyard” was the best poem in the entire book.
The Drum That Beat Within Us draws a lot upon Native American imagery, and while I don’t think this was done ”badly” I was uncomfortable with an old white man doing this. It felt like appropriation, not appreciation.
So yeah, honestly can’t recommend this book to anyone and I gave it two stars on Goodreads.