THE UNDERSIDE OF THE RAINBOW hits on all cylinders. There is a lot to think about with this collection of poems. First of all, I think it is incredible that B.E. Burkhead doesn't write his poems down until he remembers them verbally. He recites the poems over and over until he puts them on paper later. It is very Homeric, which is even more impressive.
The poems are raw and vividly colored. B.E. Burkhead's poetry is packed with emotion and horror. Love, lust, and sadness pour from the poems. The poetry is naked and honest. As always, I have a few favorite poems that I would like to share with you.
Black haired girl dancing 'round,
the winter farm without a sound
at her feet corpses bound
pick one up, look what's found:
Even as the season ends,
dead squirrels make such lovely friends.
I married a hooker named Charlotte,
in a silent ceremony on the pier
we spoke no words, our eyes said it all,
through the gags, the sobs and the tears.
Then they sent us on our honeymoon
and I confess we stayed where we went
at the bottom of Baltimore harbor
with our luggage of heavy cement
Now our eyes have been eaten by fish
and the flesh gone with years past
but I have to laugh at us here together,
for they swore it never would last.
The cover caught my eye as I was window shopping on the Kindle store. I enjoyed all the poems in this collection. I think you guys will like this one, too.