Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
The poetry collection Eat the Young by poet Kurtis Matthew Russell immerses you in emotion and unfiltered thoughts on a range of topics, from imaginary pets to drug use. It triggers responses of all shapes and kinds. It is not paint by the numbers poetry; it is in your face, and it doesn’t excuse itself at all. The poet takes creative license and uses it to its fullest capacity; missing hyphens, combined words, title placements. The collection is not only filled with free verse poetry, but prose passages, and haiku poems are toward the back of the book. Russell's styles of form and voice are varied and suck you into another realm.
Reading Kurtis Matthew Russell’s Eat the Young is like being on a drug induced trip, but not the completely scary kind. Imagine, if you will, Dr. Seuss on crack and Lewis Carroll on a mood stabilizer and you will have an idea of what to find in here. Along, of course, with a bevy of profanity and words that many might like to be kept behind closed doors. These are high compliments, not an insult in any way. One of my favorite ways that the poet used creative license was leaving out hyphens to make one line completely different. An example being “know” and then the next line starting with “ledge”. It adds an extra flavor, somehow. The poetry is its own language in a sense, but one that is decipherable if you are a deeper thinker. So if you think deep, you will definitely covet this book.