Birds Who Eat French Fries
By Michael Maul
Rated 4 stars ****
The title captured my attention at first, when I was approached by Isabelle Kenyon with a request to review this book of poetry. It sounded quirky and different, since I’ve seen newspaper articles about seagulls pinching food up here in Scotland and in England, and one even doing its “shopping” and taking a whole bag of crisps from a shop. I am pleased to be closing the blog tour for Birds Who Eat French Fries by Michael Maul, who is multi-award winning. The picture is one provided, of after an event.
It is with thanks to Isabelle Kenyon at Fly Press for approaching me to review for the blog tour for the book Birds Who Eat French Fries. It is also thanks to the poet Michael Maul for sending me a copy of the book.
It’s important to read 5 pages in, the short poem (or part of) Keep on the Sunny Side of Life. It’s significant! The 2 parts within the poetry book are split so you can see the harder side and that there is a sunnier side of life. It’s a lovely way to do it. The poetry is incredibly accessible. Poetry is becoming more and more easier to read and to understand as the years go by. It’s modern and relatable and in language and tone everyone can understand. People who say they aren’t even into any poetry at all, would be able to give Birds Who Eat French Fries a try.
The first poem is Birds Who Eat French Fries. I quite like that is first, instead of waiting and waiting to find the poem that actually relates to the title. It works for this book. It’s observant and has a bit of wit about it, although I hope the images within the writing makes people see the gulls a bit differently.
Who would have thought someone could write a poem or anything about dust! Michael Maul has and made it sound somehow light and turns it from the real to almost whimsical at the end.
Husband’s Lost in Florida… Men!!! sums it up pretty well. It’ a poem that both men and women would relate to. Somehow woman more than men. This is a woman who people will be able to sympathise with. Some men may too.
Apparently eggs are the way to live to a hundred and two in Egg Water. It’s got celebration and poignancy.
Bereavement and keeping and cherishing memories are themes in some of the poetry, American Doll and Saying Goodbye to a Spirit of a Friend, tackles the subject well. Saying Goodbye to a Spirit of a Friend may show readers that there is always space for memories. It’s a very sweet poem.
Pate is a wonderful poem that leads onto part 2 about the sunnier side of life. Imagine music playing from your Alexa eating breakfast, seeing some fun remnants from the night before and thinking how beautiful life can be. That’s this poem. It is so short, yet full of enough gratitude that would make you smile.
I love Over My Head. It makes me smile a lot, laugh a little too, at the way Michael Maul has captured a moment in nature with an eagle getting ready to feed her young.
On My Brother’s Blindness is one of those poems that will perhaps make people who can see, grateful that they can. It is also a poem of some hope as well.
For Those Who Wish Mermaids Weren’t Extinct, puts an interesting slant on the existence of mermaids and captures them in a different light.
Whole Pie, is amusing in its own way and a poem that can be delighted in having the option of an entire pie and imagine the narrator of it looking at a menu wide-eyed with untold excitement.
Reinventing Myself is a fun and hopeful poem.
The book consists of 51 pages, most of which is short poetry that is split into 2 parts and there are good pages about the author and about his other books too. I had hoped for a bit more lightness in the sunnier part of the book, than what there actually is within the poems, but apart from that, they are good to read. They have a very modern slant, rhyme well. The metre is very good and again, they are accessible.