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Book Title: The Dead Wrestler Elegies|
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ISBN 13: 9781940430249
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The author of the book: W. Todd Kaneko
Edition: Curbside Splendor Publishing
Date of issue: November 18th 2014
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As a writer and wrestling fan I have written a few poems about wrestlers. I can honestly tell you that "The Dead Wrestler Elegies" is a book I wish I had written. As stated in previous reviews, it isn't just a book of poems about deceased grapplers. It's also about the relationship between father and son, mother and son, and about loss. If you're a lover of poetry, you don't need to be a rasslin' fan to appreciate these poems; although, you may find yourself learning some things or reminiscing over names like Gorgeous George, Killer Kowalski and Andre the Giant.
If you're a wrestling fan, don't let the fact that this is poetry scare you. You will love these poems and no one will call you a nerd for reading them because there's a skull on the cover and drawings inside of the likes of the Super Destroyer and Bad New Brown.
How perfect is that?
By the way, yes, there is a poem about "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig in here and it is tremendous.
The illustrations, also done by Kaneko, are wonderful. The quotes introducing the poems are great. The titles are fantasic - "Flowers for Adrian Adonis," "Where There's Blood, There's Freddie Blassie," "Bruiser Brody Finishes This Thing," just to name a few.
Each poem is so beautifully written that, if you're a wrestling fan, your favorites might be determined by who your favorite dead wrestler is. For example, I was thrilled reading "Autograph from Eddie Gilbert"; I loved the opening lines of "Ain't No Cage Can Hold Mad Dog Sawyer"; and I wanted more of the "Selected Legends of Andre the Giant."
"The Dead Wrestler Elegies" is a fantastic ode to those no longer with us, from Ed "Strangler" Lewis and Stanislaus Zbyszko to Eddie Guerrero and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
Speaking of which, the Macho Man's brother himself, "the Poet Laureate" Lanny Poffo, could not have written such an engaging collection. Get yourself a copy. You won't be disappointed.
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Read information about the authorW. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014). His poems, essays and stories can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, The Normal School, Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent , Bring the Noise The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine and many other journals and anthologies.
He holds degrees from Arizona State University (MFA, Creative Writing) and the University of Washington (BA, English). A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, his work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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