Tropic of Squalor: Poems

Tropic of Squalor: Poems

A new volume of poetry from the New York Times bestselling and esteemed author of The Liar?s Club and Lit. Long before she earned accolades for her genre-defining memoirs, Mary Karr was winning poetry prizes. Now the beloved author returns with a collection of bracing poems as visceral and deeply felt and hilarious as her memoirs. In Tropic of Squalor, Karr dares to address A new volume of poetry from the New York Times bestselling and esteemed author of The Liar?s Club and Lit. Lon...

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Title:Tropic of Squalor: Poems
Author:Mary Karr
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0062699849
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Number of Pages:96 pages pages

Tropic of Squalor: Poems Reviews

  • Ken
    Jan 13, 2019

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 15, 2019

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

  • Glenda
    May 12, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

  • Maughn Gregory
    Jun 18, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

  • Rayna
    Aug 13, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

  • Melissa
    Sep 12, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

  • Bob Bergeson
    Oct 25, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

    The second half of this book 'the less holy bible' was superior to the first in my opinion, but overall I was not pulled in much by her style or subject matter. This was a descent book of poetry, but one I will probably never read again or intentionally recommend. ...

    Wonderful slice of Americana; the fleshy parts of the human heart, that gets embraced, crushed, and exhilarated, through the lens of one of our most authentic memorists.. Oh yea, I got to read a signed copy... nah, nah na!! ...

  • Michael Morris
    Aug 05, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

  • Sara Habein
    May 28, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

  • Diane S ☔
    May 22, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

  • Jill Mackin
    Nov 15, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

  • Rebecca
    Feb 12, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

  • Jay
    Feb 06, 2019

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Dec 30, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

  • David Jordan
    Jul 20, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

  • Emma
    Jul 01, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

  • Teresa
    Jun 23, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

    The second half of this book 'the less holy bible' was superior to the first in my opinion, but overall I was not pulled in much by her style or subject matter. This was a descent book of poetry, but one I will probably never read again or intentionally recommend. ...

    Wonderful slice of Americana; the fleshy parts of the human heart, that gets embraced, crushed, and exhilarated, through the lens of one of our most authentic memorists.. Oh yea, I got to read a signed copy... nah, nah na!! ...

    Love to read poetry! I received my copy in a giveaway here on Goodreads!! Thank you Goodreads and Mary Karr!!! ...

  • Marne Wilson
    Mar 21, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

  • Rooze Dovance
    Oct 07, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

    The second half of this book 'the less holy bible' was superior to the first in my opinion, but overall I was not pulled in much by her style or subject matter. This was a descent book of poetry, but one I will probably never read again or intentionally recommend. ...

    Wonderful slice of Americana; the fleshy parts of the human heart, that gets embraced, crushed, and exhilarated, through the lens of one of our most authentic memorists.. Oh yea, I got to read a signed copy... nah, nah na!! ...

    Love to read poetry! I received my copy in a giveaway here on Goodreads!! Thank you Goodreads and Mary Karr!!! ...

    ???(haunted) by Mary Karr. After loving _Sinner?s Welcome_ I bought the rest of her poetry connections. TROPIC was perfect. I won?t fail to read the rest of her stuff before year?s end. ...

    Dark, sarcastic, cynical and yet... moments of grace, of hope. Definitely my kind of poetry collection. I wanted to start rereading it as soon as I finished it. ...

  • Autumn Kovach
    Jul 02, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

  • Christine Fay
    Sep 16, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

  • Dylan Perry
    Dec 17, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

  • Corey Wozniak
    Oct 18, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

    The second half of this book 'the less holy bible' was superior to the first in my opinion, but overall I was not pulled in much by her style or subject matter. This was a descent book of poetry, but one I will probably never read again or intentionally recommend. ...

    Wonderful slice of Americana; the fleshy parts of the human heart, that gets embraced, crushed, and exhilarated, through the lens of one of our most authentic memorists.. Oh yea, I got to read a signed copy... nah, nah na!! ...

    Love to read poetry! I received my copy in a giveaway here on Goodreads!! Thank you Goodreads and Mary Karr!!! ...

    ???(haunted) by Mary Karr. After loving _Sinner?s Welcome_ I bought the rest of her poetry connections. TROPIC was perfect. I won?t fail to read the rest of her stuff before year?s end. ...

  • Ramona Mead
    Oct 03, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

  • John
    Sep 29, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

  • Tucker
    Apr 05, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

  • Marshall A Lewis
    Jan 27, 2019

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...

    Karr is getting better with age. This is so good. ...

    So much good stuff in here. Sad, thoughtful, reverent, maybe sometimes a little too on the nose, but that's ok too. ...

    All spiritual writing should be this grungy, this clear-eyed, this smart. ...

    This collection of poems brings forth the current problems we are having in our society. My favorite poem is called ?Discomfort Food for the Unwhole.? It?s a commentary on how close we are in proximity in a grocery store, yet how far away we are from each other due to our obsessi...

    TROPIC OF SQUALOR: POEMS Written by Mary Karr 2018; Harper/Harper Collins (96 pages) Genre: poetry, literary, humour (Review Not on Blog) RATING: 2 STARS This collection of poetry by Mary Karr was not for me. I just didn't get the humour and found myself skimming through so...

    It's hard for me to critique poetry. Art is subjective, and I find that no truer than with poems. The only solution I've found is to shut off the analytic side of my brain and turn to the emotional. And in that, Tropic of Squalor was hit and miss. Some entries hit me hard, some I grew ...

    I'm a big fan of Karr's memoirs, and this is my first of her poetry collections. It certainly did not disappoint. As with her prose, the writing here is sharp and concise, descriptions are vivid, and her concepts are unique. The poems are all relatively short and powerful. Having read ...

    The second half of this book 'the less holy bible' was superior to the first in my opinion, but overall I was not pulled in much by her style or subject matter. This was a descent book of poetry, but one I will probably never read again or intentionally recommend. ...

  • L.K. Simonds
    May 24, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Aug 21, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

  • Melissa Fondakowski
    Jun 24, 2018

    I read and loved Mary Karr?s memoirs: ?Lit? and ?The Liar?s Club,? but I had not previously read any of her poetry. In her new collection ?Tropic of Squalor,? I felt as though I was reading a different author - both in character and tone. There were some poems and lines...

    Palpable and concentric - the poems in this book are sequestered parts of the pageantry and pace of life. ...

    Mary Karr is mostly known as a memoirist, but this is actually her fifth poetry collection. Death is a major theme, with David Foster Wallace?s suicide (?Among genii, whoever dies first wins. / Or so he thought.?) and 9/11 getting multiple mentions. Karr also writes self-deprecat...

    Dark poems. Well written. ...

    I?m so-so on this collection overall. The second half of the collection was a clever group of poems relating her biography via books of the Bible, but she dipped into cliche a few too many times for my tastes. ...

    A lot of these poems are informed by Karr's religious fervor, though they are no didactic or proselytizing. Part One gives us 16 stand-alone poems, some hitting the high notes of some of Karr's earlier poems. Part Two is called "The Less Holy Bible" and harbors 20 (plus a coda) poems, ...

    3.5 review soon. ...

    4.5 stars. Wow. I can truthfully say I have never before read poetry like Mary Karr's. I like it. A lot. Her command of language, her imagination and sense of poetic structure, are breathtaking. Coincidentally, I tried a craft/artisan bourbon yesterday offered to me by one of my law pa...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am definitely not the right reader for it. Karr deals with some dark subject matter here, and her coping strategy is a thick layer of cynicism. For example, take these lines from "The Age of Criticism," where she describes the suicide of a...

    What can I say? This is classic Mary Karr: No holds barred poems about life in the Tropic of Squalor, that is, under the curse. Ms. Karr's observations are poignant and almost always have a comic element, even if it's dark. The poems are full of familiar themes for those who've read he...

    ?Tropic of Squalor? ranges in subject from the personal to the political. Many of the poems have an autobiographical voice, and an early poem, ?Illiterate Progenitor,? speaks to life with a father ?undiluted by the written word.? This poem inspired me to write about my own ...

    I don't read poetry often but I first encountered Mary on an On Being podcast, which I've listened to multiple times. I've read her memoir and then saw her live at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. She read poetry aloud from this book and spoke about her inspirations. She is hilarious and s...

    a wit with words to be reckoned ...

    It has been a long time since I read a volume of poems which made me say "Wow!" more than a couple times. Karr's poems rarely disappoint, and this collection is an absolute joy, despite the suffering (probably because of it) the artist pulls us through like a cranky firefighter. A num...

    I like Karr?s prose much better than her poetry, but there are some gems in the second half of this book, including a couple of searing 9/11 poems. ...

    This collection is dark and thought provoking in the way only amazing poetry can be. ...

    Goodreads wants to know ?what did you think of this book?? I?m not even sure how to put it- there was like a buzz, a thrill that I experienced reading these poems, a familiarity with the landscape and an excitement of discovery as I read descriptions of that land that had not occ...

    Viper Rum was the first of Mary Karr's work that I read and I was hooked. she's a great poet, and this volume is fantastic. As a poet Karr remains a tried and true storyteller and uses all the things I love about poetry to make these moments stick, sound, rhythm, white space, double me...