I feel a little un-equipped to truly write a good, detailed review for this collection of dark poetry from Alessandro Manzetti. I don’t read much in the way of poetry at all. In fact, this is only the second collection I have ever read. The other was Eden Underground, released by Crystal Lake Publishing and written by…yep, Alessandro Manzetti. I really enjoyed that collection. It was darker than Hell, and Manzetti’s style is easy to read, it has a narrative flow to it and so I thought I’d give this his collection a whirl.
Suffice to say, No Mercy is equally impressive. Manzetti’s work isn’t for the faint of heart. It is bleak, grim, but often beautiful reading. With this, his latest collection, Manzetti often incorporates a musical theme that weaves its way through some of the collection’s best poems. Janis Joplin and Miles Davis both featured in verses that contain strong imagery. It is at times confronting and others much more subtle. Manzetti tells of the world’s end, of suicide and revenge! It’s great stuff, though this probably isn’t the sort of collection one would use to woo a member of the opposite (or same) sex on date night…unless of course you enjoy the darker things in life, such as I.
I do enjoy the poetry of Alessandro Manzetti. So much so, that I picked up another of his collections for reading at a later date. His style is accessible, vivid and at times disturbing. He leaves you dirty feeling, like you could do with a hot shower when you finish reading. I didn’t think it was quite as complete as Eden Underground, though it is still a mighty impressive piece of work. Great cover art from Daniele Serra, too!
4/5 licks from the Grim Reader.
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