White Violet Press (September 12, 2015)
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing, “A Poet Playing Doctor” by Daniel Klawitter.
This book is split into four parts: It is separated in sequences that a doctor might use to treat a sick patient. Part one is titled Diagnosis; part two is Homeopathic Remedies; Part three is Radical Treatment Options and part four is titled Chaplain On Call.
There is a musical tone to Klawitter’s poetry as it is written mostly with meter and rhyme. Kliwatter writes on many subjects and never fails to captivate the reader. While I’m not religious in any sense of the word, I found Kliwatter’s critique of modern Christianity and his faith to be humbling.
Here are my favorites from Part One:
In the beginning poem, “A Poet Playing Doctor,” Klawitter grabs your attention and asks that you undress yourself mentally for the rest of the book. The piece, “The Gift” is a poem about poetry and how it is the author’s gift from his creator. The imagery in, “Reading Rumi” is exciting and vivid. “Evolution” is an anthem for the modern person, in that it calls for protection of the fragile and the weak. “Birth of the Cool” is a tribute to the late/great Miles Davis and his music skills. “A Hairy Meditation” is a humorous piece about aging and the hair loss/gain that comes with it.
Here are my favorites from Part Two:
“Writing A Poem Before My Wife Gets Out Of Bed On The Weekend” is poem infused with great metaphor; that compares the differences between those who wake up in the morning and those who wake up in the night. “Fallen Angels” compares snow-flakes to angels in beautiful reverence for nature. The piece, “What All Cats Know” is viewed through a Cat’s eyes and compares animals to types of writing in an eloquent way. “My Father’s Offhand Reply” is a sentimental tear-jerker and a must read. “The Tender Toil of Matrimony” seems to be about a husband consoling his wife of many years into old age. “A Short Ode to Sausage” had me laughing, as it dictates to all, that no one is taking the author’s meat away.
Here are my favorites from Part Three:
“Let Them Have Bread And A Circus” is a political poem which unearths many unspoken truths about modern day democracy and how it shapes our opinions. “Some Men” is an ode to feminism and how women are often hurt in our society. “Give Me Your Tired” is written in Emma Goldman’s voice as it denounces nationalism and state sponsored terrorism; it rang true in this anarchist’s heart. “The Promotion” is a poetic analysis on class, and describes how status in modern day capitalist society affects our behavior. “Ontology” is a beautiful piece, with lines like ,”We are little dramas encased in flesh.”
Here are my favorites from Part Four:
“Why Go To Church?” is a call for the reader to humble themselves and to realize that no one is perfect. “Zealots” slams televangelism and corners it into the darkened ruins of inanity. The poem, “Angelic” is beautiful verse that describes angels and compares them to natural phenomena.
This was a true pleasure to read. I am grateful and humbled that this collection was sent my way. Never a boring moment and written from a perspective of sanity in this pit of inanity that we call planet Earth. I recommend this book to anyone.
Adam Levon Brown is a poet and student residing in Eugene, Oregon. He enjoys the outdoors, playing with cats, and meeting new people. He has been published in several dozen places including Burningword Literary Journal and Yellow Chair Review. He can be contacted via his blog at www.AdamLevonBrown.org