Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Unicorn Man

An epic poem, an ecstatic prayer, & a beatific psalm authored by an anonymous master. The Unicorn Man is not for children, the faint of heart, &/or faithless. It is a grotesque self portrait of physical love & spiritual longing unraveled in an apocalyptic vision. These are verses of eternal hope written by a man with an acute suicidal condition. A man with an undiagnosable tumor growing in the shape of a horn from the center of his forehead. He hides from the world. This symbolic disfigurement transforms him from human into a fantastical beast. Until the love of a girl changes him back. The Unicorn Man is a highly personal collection of hidden text. Intimacy on a universal scale. A few poems about Love, G-d, & Death. Enjoy!

I'll say was different from anything I had ever read and, considering I have read too many books to put a number to in my lifetime, that is quite a compliment. I enjoyed reading through this book, as I don't usually read anything in verse, I tend not to like it. But this, I, and my roommate, really enjoyed (she probably more than I, lol). At first I didn't quite know what to make of it, I really got into the stories and couldn't put them down. Then, once I got to verses, I payed more attention.

I don't even really know what to call this book, it still has me a bit confused. I will say this, however, this book is most certainly not for everyone. If Vox Anon hadn't mailed it to me I probably never would have picked it up off of the shelf. As a matter of fact, I know I wouldn't. But I am glad I agreed to have this book sent to me, as long as it took for me to get to it and through it.

Overall, it is a great book, but not for everyone. Most of it is in verse ( I know, some of you are cringing in your seats for me calling it that, but I do ) with some short stories. I would recommend you get it from you local library or something and decided if you want it because I would hate to see some of you pick it up and hate it, because I don't think that is such a nice thing. So for those of you interested...go for it. For those of you not...still take a peak at never know!

1 comment:

Okie said...

I might have to check the library for this.

It's funny...just last night I was thinking "I wonder if 'epic poems' are still being written. Maybe I should try and write a book in epic poem style"

I take your post as an answer to my pondering and a challenge to my writing. I think I'll try and write a modern day epic poem. lol