Do Not Think Badly of Me

Poetry - General
90 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2022
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Author Biography

Kevin Arnold earned his MFA from San Jose State University in 2007. His work has been widely published in literary magazines such as Seattle Review, Mudfish, and Beloit Fiction Journal. He has continually attended writing workshops, including an extraordinary week in Raymond Carver’s workshop at Centrum. Kevin served as President, Poetry Center San Jose, from 2001-2013. He helped start Gold Rush Writers, in the California foothills, where he has taught for fifteen years. The San Francisco / Peninsula California Writer's Club recently named him Writer of the Year.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Do Not Think Badly of Me is a poetry collection by award-winning novelist and acclaimed poet Kevin Arnold. Drawing inspiration from his personal experiences, Kevin pens some captivating verses that shed light on his relationships as well as some momentous events of his life. Opening with a poem recalling his wife's struggle with Alzheimer's disease, there is a shout-out to Alois Alzheimer himself, whose words from a letter inspired the title of this collection. As you read further, his relationships with his children, lovers, teachers, and students take center stage, demonstrating how people from diverse backgrounds have all kinds of impacts on a person's life, creating memories that are unique and unforgettable. Kevin's poems are deeply intimate and personal yet feel very relatable due to the universal themes he delves into.

Do Not Think Badly of Me is a mesmerizing collection of poems that contain slice-of-life stories from Kevin Arnold's personal life. Through his poetic verses and stories, he explores how the countless moments and unforgettable memories make up a person's life and give meaning to their existence. Stylistically, Kevin uses non-rhythmic verses with experimental structural organization, almost like a storytelling narrative style that feels like poetic prose. I found it refreshing to read. Despite the stylistic and thematic similarities, each poem brings something of its own to the narrative that is unique and showcases a different aspect of Kevin's personality. I had a wonderful time reading the collection, and if you're a poetry lover, you shouldn't miss this one.