Between the I’s by Mike Cohen

Cohen BookPaperback: 132 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1482022176

ISBN-13: 978-1482022179

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A Poetic Review by Rodger Lowenthal 

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I have heard Mike  recite (not read) his poems quite a a few times
and wondered about the poems on the page
Here they are:
The I and the Doppelganger I   the pro and con
the plus and minus
eavesdropping as Mike goes back and forth
to and fro   self vs. self
options and consequences
humorous and serious
seriously humorous
do not be tricked
by the generally light tone
Reader imagine Mike reciting
where is the emphasis
a Chaplin of the poetry world
Mike’s choices
neither adventitious nor meretricious
sometimes delicious or suspicious
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A philosophy of its your life, make of it
what you will   but please don’t complain
Mike approaches the random aspects
of life and counsels the reader
to accept that “time undoes everything
anyone makes.”  All ends
but mike offers “Thanks
for not making existence a bore.”
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All and nothing balanced
With Mike in the middle leaning toward
Responsibility, deferring blame
Let me close with a few lines
I particularly like:
      I don’t really want a lot
There’s just as much that I want not
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I never buy round trip tickets.
It doesn’t make much sense to me to pay
           nearly twice as much
just to end up where I started.
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If you are not familiar with Mike’s work
Now is the time.

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You can find the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Between-Poetry-First-Person/dp/1482022176/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380116692&sr=1-1&keywords=mike+cohen+poetry

rodger-lowenthal-4Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent Ryerss Museum and Library  in Fox Chase. He is a regular contributor of book reviews to FCR and an occasional host at the reading series. He also hosts “Under the Stars”, a poetry and musical quarterly event. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.

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