Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days

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There is a disconnect from the earth and a wealth of questions.

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There is solid writing though the reader is just as marooned as the mold pirates. While the poetry didn't appeal to me as much as the prose, there's much to enjoy. The poems are often fragmented and disjointed. The subject is chaotic as well as the form.

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But that isn't to say there aren't more straight-forward, stable pieces. In fact, Maggie Smith's poems are some of my favorites, a series of ruminations on classic sci-fi movies. Even these have their share of dread, but a good mix of humor as well. That's probably what I liked most about the collection, the variety in the writing and its surprises. I wouldn't call any of these pieces typical dystopian literature whatever that may be , nothing is what you expect it to be. The apocalypse is different in each piece: divorce, Vietnam, a light that scorches the earth.

We're living it at the moment, the apocalypse is here. Prepare yourself.


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View 1 comment. Nov 03, Stephanie rated it liked it. Upper Rubber Boot sent me a review copy, however that didn't change my opinion of it, it just bumped it up the queue a bit. This was a really enjoyable collection. The short stories were almost all well written, there were a few I didn't care for, but I was happy to see such a diverse group of writers. Margaret Atwood, and Joyce Carol Oates had featured works, as did a few writers who I was not well acquainted with at all.

If you're expecting zombies a plenty, I think you'll be either disappointed or pleasantly surprised. This was a much more abstract than just the traditional sense of what the apocalypse brings. My only criticism is that I am not a poetry reader.

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It's just not an area that I've spent time studying or reading on my own. I feel that the poems were sometimes lost on me as a reader, especially when I was on the train and wasn't reading them out loud. Overall I give this a B. Jan 26, Becca W rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-stars , first-reads. I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I'm not into poems very often, but this book changed my mind.

It combines one of my favorite types of things-dystopian fiction- with poems and it makes me just love the whole book! It was odd for me to like a book of poems.

I thank the authors for writing great poems. I also thank the editors of this book for selecting these poems and putting them into this masterp I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I also thank the editors of this book for selecting these poems and putting them into this masterpiece of a book.

I would like to thank Goodreads for selecting me to win this book. I'm giving thanks, because my favorite poem in this book is Thanksgiving. A collection of mostly poetry and some short stories, of mixed quality. There were two authors I was already very familiar with who contributed stories. JCO's was very strong and Atwood's was passable but not very apocalyptic.

The only short story that really captured the haunting feel that I was expecting from this book was "The Beginnings of Sorrow" by Pinckney Benedict, although "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchists Bees" as well as "Blue Sky White" and "The Siege" are also satisfyingly A collection of mostly poetry and some short stories, of mixed quality.


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Some other stories are unreadable. Several superb poems that capture the desperation of apocalypse and inevitability of death. The voices here have each taken their own, singular approach to a theme that is as ancient as humanity itself and, in doing so, created a unified theory of the apocalypse: a coming together of our fears, our hopes, our willingness to discover ourselves at the moment we have lost it all, the moment when we stand on the cusp of annihilation and, somehow, cannot look away… but can only sing.

And this collection sings like no other. The bulk of our challenges have been met. We've got the writing all contracted and laid out, and are in the process of solving the last few snags with laying out the poetry for our ebooks always a challenge, but Upper Rubber Boot has been creating poetry ebooks with admirable attention to detail since The risks and challenges we face at this time are likely to come from forces outside our control for example, if we have a second Hurricane Sandy level storm hit our printing facility. Fortunately, we have sourced several competitive American printers who can print the book for us, in case of, you know, some kind of apocalypse.

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You love the beauty of a physical book, or you just want some reading that will survive the apocalypse. So I got creative and started looking around for alternative ways to supplement my adjunct income. For several months, I helped a Russian businessman learn English. I also taught a ten-year old boy to calculate percentages and throw a better spiral. The students you work with can be anywhere from five to one-hundred years old and actually desire your knowledge and instruction.

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You have a tangible effect on the well-being of your students and their families. When a student succeeds, they appreciate your hard work. You can also work in on-campus tutoring and writing centers, which typically pay the same amount as they do for a course and require no preparation or grading. These workshops consist of seventy-five minutes of writing and seventy-five minutes of critique. Those workshops were full of laughter and raucous debate.

Paul, the Loft Literary Center offers more traditional craft classes as well as a number of writing conferences for young people and adults. I took a bartending course and was going to do that, but finally I got enough students, so I taught a class instead. With tools like Google Docs, Skype, and Adobe Connect, running your own workshop online can be surprisingly simple. When Addonizio started out, she was trying to draw customers from the Bay Area.

An online workshop like online tutoring , however, might be populated by people from across the globe. Sometimes, I implement lessons on things such as dialogue or world-building into our session.

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