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Poetry. Finalist for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award. Eclectic characters in everyday scenarios populate Jacob M. Appel's THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS. We attend a sister's second wedding with a "hand-me-down groom"; trick-or-treat with a young son; encounter a former teacher long retired, still critical; relive difficult ancestral memories of the Holocaust. Full of fun, wit and insight, these poems present--often unapologetically--uncomfortable truths gleaned from close examination of social norms and conventions mostly taken for granted. "The narrative poems in Jacob M. Appel's THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS cast a cold eye on present and past, personal and political. But like the cynics in their classical conception, the poet's subtext here is hope, at least love, and living without illusion in the extremis of the quotidian. These are mordantly moving, even entertaining poems, always thoughtful and frequently elegiac."--Dan O'Brien "Like his stories--approachable, insightful, and touched with a tinge of sadness for what was and, indeed, is--Appel's poems speak in straightforward, plain language to raise the curtain on the intimacies of his world. New York City with its pigeon lady, the palsied pharmacist, Luigi the barber, beak-nosed Molly Seward's father, and, oh yes, the many girls who 'left me breathless' and alone. You can almost hear their footsteps walking the cement pavement. Although good-humored and delightfully smart-alecky, the collection has a dark undercurrent, for it is Holocaust-haunted as he is, as we all are who escaped the horror but are doomed to remember and bear witness."--Alice Friman "From this masterful collection arises the sense that, with the end so woefully unpredictable and fate so fickle-hearted, to waste any moment amounts to a sin. Quirky characters, often full of longing and regret, pepper Appel's work, like the uncle so cynical he 'steered clear of con games like synagogue / And life insurance' and his compassionate opposite, the pigeon-feeding, environment-destroying Mrs. Z. These characters seem to fail to leave a mark on the world, beyond the poet's eye."--Brigit Young "Both beautifully written and lively, the poems in THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS embrace the world with warmth and wit. The portraits of family members and friends, workers and teachers, neighbors and a first love, some set in a time long gone, are wonderfully free of nostalgia and sentimentality. Human virtue, vice and folly all have a welcome place, because there's a tone of understanding, forgiveness and humor that pervades this book and makes it a joy to read."--John Skoyles… (mere)
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Titel:The Cynic in Extremis: Poems
Forfattere:Jacob M. Appel (Forfatter)
Info:Able Muse Press (2018), 78 pages
Samlinger:Read, Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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The Cynic in Extremis is a book of poems that although short in pages is extremely hard to read. The poems are full of words yet fail to make sense and resonate with this reader. At some points it made the reader feel unintelligent as the poems were not making sense or uncommon words were used. Overall this book is unfortunately worth a pass. ( )
  Preston.Kringle | Jul 4, 2020 |
“What value is a stranger’s life, / Really, when love is at stake?”

I received this book through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll be honest, I’m not great at reviewing poems. Something about them just makes it hard for me to put my thoughts on them into words. But, I’m going to do my best. Poetry are very subjective, and just because I find that one does not go deeper than surface level, doesn’t mean that you will not.

I loved “Caveat.” I felt that the dry, sarcastic humor was entertaining and added a deep feeling of pent up anger to the poem.

I liked the others. While this was not my favorite poetry collection, I found it an enjoyable read. The poems offered looks into the lives of people around the characters of his poems. Some offered more “hidden” meanings and deep emotions, but many also seemed not to go deeper than surface level. This was fine, as the poems were well written and conveyed their meaning in a way that was enjoyable. Appel has a way of writing where every word seems very intentional, telling the reader everything they need to know.

There were several poems about the Holocaust included in this collection. I found these to be some of his best poems. The connections seemed almost as if someone was sitting in front of me, telling me of their personal family history.

This would be good for someone looking to delve into some modern poetry. ( )
  RavenNight | Jun 1, 2020 |
I won a copy of this book in exchange for a review on LibraryThing.

I'm seldom a poetry reader though I enjoy trying new things. The following titles are poems that I found interesting: Concurrences, Yet, Variations on a Holocaust, Shrinking with Doubt, and Comedy for the New Millennium.

Some of the word choices in some of the poems seemed a little odd to me, but that's just my personal opinion. Besides that, it was an interesting read. ( )
  SarahRichards | Feb 29, 2020 |
Every now and then, I will read some lines of poetry that stir me to the very core. This was just such a case. The cover, while totally adorable, did not prepare me for what was tucked beneath it. This is reminiscent of many of my favorite poets who manage to probe deep into what we call the 'human condition.' It is dark but not brooding. Conversely, it resonated with me because I feel that we all have a degree of nostalgia hidden within us that I was able to relive through these words. There is also a certain amount of sarcastic wit involved, and that made me appreciate it all the more. ( )
  sealford | Feb 15, 2020 |
I wasn't expecting to cry today, but I did. Only two times before have I ever cried while reading a book and never while reading poetry, except for now. It amazes me how much power printed words can have over our emotions. The poem that elicited this reaction was Concurrences. Somehow this poem reasonnated with me on an inner level which has never happened before. Five stars Jacob M. Appel!

Besides Concurrences, my favorite stories were: First Crush, Trick-or-Treating in Suburbia, Escheatment, and 1939; I give a nod for the humor in Jury Duty, Flying With Clarity and Assembling the Exercycle.

Love the cover! That dog is so very cute!

A special thanks to LibraryThing's member's giveaway for this book and the opportunity to read and review it. ( )
  PrettyTarantula | Jan 8, 2020 |
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Poetry. Finalist for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award. Eclectic characters in everyday scenarios populate Jacob M. Appel's THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS. We attend a sister's second wedding with a "hand-me-down groom"; trick-or-treat with a young son; encounter a former teacher long retired, still critical; relive difficult ancestral memories of the Holocaust. Full of fun, wit and insight, these poems present--often unapologetically--uncomfortable truths gleaned from close examination of social norms and conventions mostly taken for granted. "The narrative poems in Jacob M. Appel's THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS cast a cold eye on present and past, personal and political. But like the cynics in their classical conception, the poet's subtext here is hope, at least love, and living without illusion in the extremis of the quotidian. These are mordantly moving, even entertaining poems, always thoughtful and frequently elegiac."--Dan O'Brien "Like his stories--approachable, insightful, and touched with a tinge of sadness for what was and, indeed, is--Appel's poems speak in straightforward, plain language to raise the curtain on the intimacies of his world. New York City with its pigeon lady, the palsied pharmacist, Luigi the barber, beak-nosed Molly Seward's father, and, oh yes, the many girls who 'left me breathless' and alone. You can almost hear their footsteps walking the cement pavement. Although good-humored and delightfully smart-alecky, the collection has a dark undercurrent, for it is Holocaust-haunted as he is, as we all are who escaped the horror but are doomed to remember and bear witness."--Alice Friman "From this masterful collection arises the sense that, with the end so woefully unpredictable and fate so fickle-hearted, to waste any moment amounts to a sin. Quirky characters, often full of longing and regret, pepper Appel's work, like the uncle so cynical he 'steered clear of con games like synagogue / And life insurance' and his compassionate opposite, the pigeon-feeding, environment-destroying Mrs. Z. These characters seem to fail to leave a mark on the world, beyond the poet's eye."--Brigit Young "Both beautifully written and lively, the poems in THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS embrace the world with warmth and wit. The portraits of family members and friends, workers and teachers, neighbors and a first love, some set in a time long gone, are wonderfully free of nostalgia and sentimentality. Human virtue, vice and folly all have a welcome place, because there's a tone of understanding, forgiveness and humor that pervades this book and makes it a joy to read."--John Skoyles

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