Book Review: Urban Mythology by Eric Keizer
Title: Urban Mythology
Author: Eric Keizer
Amazon rating: n/a
Eric Keizer, in his first poetry chapbook, Urban Mythologies, documents the places in, and the people of, Chicago who have made lasting impressions on his life. He celebrates the commonalities all Chicagoans share, while tying the Classics to modern life in the urban landscape, as viewed through his unique perspective.
Reviewed by: Katheryn J. Avila
Poetry has never been my thing, but I really enjoyed Urban Mythology! Normally when people who aren’t poets or huge poetry fans think of poetry, struggling to understand, relate to, and interpret what the poet writes comes to mind (my boyfriend calls poetry a “random jumble of words”). That’s definitely not the case with Eric Keizer’s collection. He paints a lovely, vivid picture of the city and people of Chicago. However, even if you’ve never been there (I haven’t), it’s easy to imagine what he writes happening in any bustling city full of life. And that’s really what this collection feels like it’s about – life, living life and all that entails. Though the description says it’s a celebration of Chicagoans, I’d say it’s a celebration of human success and resiliency, and touches upon those things we all have in common.
There are so many lovely pieces in the collection, I don’t think I could pick a favorite. It is definitely a work that I’m sure I’ll find myself wandering back to every now and again. If you like poetry, definitely check out this debut collection!
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