Perfectbound paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9888279-9-8, 88 pgs., $15.95
Donald Lev’s new book collects seventy-four new poems that are deceptively simple yet infused with a subtle irony that gives them a poignant intimacy. He achieves this through his reliance on direct, honest colloquial speech. We get the impression that his writing is essential to his ongoing sanity, and this is the redemption of poetry itself in the hands of a master. While satiric wit is his apparent stance, these poems are infused with subtle depth and angst. Lev elicits easy comparison to Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash and the later short poems of Robert Frost. At the age of seventy-eight, Donald Lev still has many tricks up his sleeve. His style is aphoristic, observant and reader-friendly, yet these are pithy poems to return to again and again, full of sound philosophy from a life fully lived.
“Donald Lev is supreme cynic lambasting and ridiculing orthodox human existence. Wry, twisted humor, but at the same time not just karateing it out with tradition, but with astro-physics as well. Depth, sardonic overviewings, but also so masterfully written that the ideas and emotions really get to you.” -Hugh Fox, Small Press Review
“Donald Lev writes poems that are deceptively simple yet infused with a subtle irony that gives them a poignant intimacy. He achieves this through his reliance on directness and honesty. For Lev, the writing is easy, compared to all the living that led to it. Yet we get the impression that his writing is also essential to his ongoing sanity, and this is the redemption of poetry itself in the hands of a master.” -Eric Greinke, Presa
“Writing, crafting poetry that’s lyrical, meaningful and imaginative; that says something about the self and the universe is not as easy as it looks–and I can think of at least two dozen poets who should sit at the feet of Mr. Lev.” -Phil Wagner, Iconoclast
Now available in ebook