Aaron Poochigian’s Mr. Either/Or is an ingenious debut, a verse novel melding American mythology, noir thriller, and classical epic into gritty rhythms, foreboding overtones, and groovy jams surrounding the reader in a surreal atmosphere. Imagine Byron’s Don Juan on a high-stakes romp through a Raymond Chandler novel. Think Hamlet in Manhattan with a license to kill.
Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published in 2009. The Cosmic Purr, a book of original poetry, was published in 2012
Publisher: Etruscan Press
Publication date: October 10th 2017
When I had read some reviews about this book I had very high expectations of it. I thought it would be an easy read with a more traditional poetry form. However, the reality was quite different. I’m sorry to say but I really struggled reading this book. There were some parts of the poems that did rhyme but much of them didn’t so I was left wondering whether it was meant to be a book of poetry or a novel which adopted an unusual format that I had not encountered before. I never really got this answered unfortunately.
I applaud the author for the time and effort gone into writing this book but personally it was extremely confusing for me and as such I never managed to understand the story/poems.
Recommend for: Adults