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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Alcatraz Albatross is a collection of poetry and short stories penned by author Bradley Lewis Foster. Written for adults due to the thematic content and language usage of the collection, this volume contains snippets of what the author himself terms madness, and surreal poetic journeys through different incidences of life. With over eighty slices of prose and poetry to explore, the collection runs an extensive gamut of emotions but has a particular focus on sexual and romantic relationships. There are also some multilingual poems and poems which offer translations into other languages like French and Romanian. What results is a unique journey into the heart and mind of the author.
Author Bradley Lewis Foster encompasses both beautifully lyrical poetic qualities and realistic dialogue and narrative within this work, reminding me of the likes of such masters as Raymond Carver. There is a juxtaposition of the everyday happenstance with some intense emotive reactions, and the variance in the reading experience amongst the collection will certainly keep the audience interested and engaged throughout. A personal favorite of mine was ‘Hotel lobby, 2 am’, which takes the small details and little conversation snippets and crafts a narrative without the need for full prose, capturing unique moments and characters within such a short but expressive space of time. Anyone with an appreciation for lyrical and narrative talent is sure to adore these collected works, and, overall, I would highly recommend Alcatraz Albatross as a highly engaging read by a very talented poet and author.