The collection of poetry, which has verse in English and Maltese, is succinct, but moving. I have two of Karl’s works already stuck in my head, and another couple on the tip of my tongue. I think they would make great tshirt, wall art / conversational pieces.
The depth of thought provoked in the 4 short lines of ‘Music’ will haunt me every time I skip a track, ‘Necktie’ reminded me of my old, lush life as a PR, ‘asshole’ and ‘I punish my life’ are candidates for the tshirt, and ‘smoking’ should be daubed on every wall where smelly smokers congregate.
The description of the book as shown on the reverse:
A collection of 93 poems infused with a vapourific view of the author’s own alcohol-induced take on life, the world and the culture he inhabits. Karl Consiglio writes as he thinks and makes no concession to language snobbery or class distinctions. It’s as raw as flesh, so if it hurts at least you know you’re still alive. Challenging, refreshing and darkly cynical, they are also an incisive portrait of what it was like for anyone growing up around Paceville in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Available now from Ede Books for just €9.