If you're not interested in Ernest Hemingway as a writer or a person, you probably don't need to read this book. As a window into what he was thinking and feeling at different times in his life, these poems are interesting, but as poetry they range from thought-provoking to silly to odd. I found the notes on the poems, what was going on when he wrote them and such, more interesting than most of the poems.
My favorite was a very short poem that made me smile. I'm going to reprint it here and hope I don't get into copyright trouble. If I do, I'll take it down.
"[I'm off'n wild wimmen...]And if that makes you think, "Hmm, that doesn't sound like what I'd expect from Hemingway," let me assure you most of the poetry is not at all like that. That's just the one that I liked best. It's from around 1922, in Paris, and so boyish and sweet I can't help but smile at it.
I'm off'n wild wimmen
For I'm in loOOOOOOOve.
Some of his poetry was easy to understand, some of it was hard, some was traditional, some was very modern. A very interesting mix, for sure!
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for language and themes of war and violence.
This is my 14th book read and reviewed for the I Love Library Books Challenge.