In Doubtful Taste: New and Selected Poems by Don Behrend Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Author Don Behrend shares a fun collection of poetry that twists everything from modern romance to the modern-day self-help trend in the book “In Doubtful Taste: New and Selected Poems”.


The Synopsis 

“Don Behrend’s In Doubtful Taste is a playful collection of rhyming poems that skewers everything from modem courtship to self-improvement routines to the sexual advantages of an octopus-and much more.The collection includes 56 poems presented in nine short sections, each titled with a “P” word, including “Pandemic”, “Ponderings” and “Peccadilloes”. Behrend’s speaker is amused and amusing, toying with the lingo and idiosyncrasies of our current zeitgeist.The poet delivers both elaborate and simple rhyme schemes, short witticisms and longer tales. His poems are clever without being shallow and are sure to elicit smiles and sometimes hearty chuckles.”BlueInk Review

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The Review

Art and poetry can cut through the tension and troubles plunging our world into chaos, especially in the darkest times. The need to confront tragedy and heartbreak with humor and wit often comes to pass for those who have had to live through these types of events, and the author’s book perfectly captures this need.

The author balances the poems in this collection with enough humor to tackle the pain and trauma that was the recent pandemic. The rhyming verse throughout each of these poems really cuts through the themes and issues that our modern world deals with constantly. The wit and charm of the author’s writing style and the way these poems showcase the contradictions that always rule our lives made this a compelling read.

The Verdict

Thoughtful, heartening, and engaging, author Don Behrend’s “In Doubtful Taste” is a must-read poetry collection. The heart and charm of the writing style itself was a great way to cut through the tension and atmosphere of the subjects the author was touching upon and kept the reader invested in the gripping poems. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


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