I didn’t like this collection.at all.
when I was
That is pretty much the entire outline of his poetry and it was annoying. He did say in the introduction that he had found scraps of papers in his pockets and wherever, I’m thinking he had no recollection of writing them while drunk, and he genuinely thought this was a great collection and that all the poets would hail him as the next big thing.
Well, that didn’t happen.
Nobody cared about this collection and those who cared enough to read it panned it.
Basically it’s just a lot of random thoughts written down, repeated and made longer, without any finesse, flavour or clear object. You can tell that Mailer was on something when he wrote this. However, there were about three poems that I liked and also a couple of longer prose pieces for Hemingway that I enjoyed and that made me think that perhaps I should read his novels before judging him.
It’s not the worst poetry I’ve ever read, but it’s not far from the bottom.