Review of Drive By by John Bennett
Drive By: Shards & Poems by John Bennett
Lummox Press, San Pedro, CA
140 pgs, $15.00
I will simply put it this way; I think that John Bennett is one of the best goddamn writers of short poetry (he calls them â€˜shards) on the Northwest coast. I have known John Bennett for some years and I am ever amazed at the manâ€™s literary outpour as a poet and an author. I canâ€™t begin to tell you that when I read John Bennett at times, I have a feeling that I am a witness to greatness. He is that badass.
This collection Drive By: Shards and Poems continually fascinates me, because there is just something in Bennettâ€™s writing that crawls up your spine and rips out the backbone. These are very readable, down to earth, genuine, and yet unique in their own way. I guess that I am a captive fan, because in John Bennett, I see the ghost of Jack Kerouac, drunk some heavy balls and lots of brains. The shards are lyrical. You cannot categorize them. It is my opinion that Bennett, as a poet, is simply true to himself. And what more can a reader ask for?
You know, itâ€™s kinda like listening to the best Beatles song ever, whatever the hell that may be. John Bennett is a voice to reckon with who has been around since the Beat era. I could only say that along with Jack Hirschman, Bennett is the heartbeat of contemporary American literature. The shards will seduce you with the slow wisp of a Blues harmonica and a meaningful dance of your soul. Yeah, if you have the chance, buy Drive By: Shards and Poems. Itâ€™s one of those books that I would just not pass up, for Bennett is a poet of heart, voice, and verse that will simply kick your ass and leave you asking for more.
Fear & Understanding
It scares me
what you write
a woman said
You understand it
more than you
& then she looked
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