Sunday, October 9, 2011

Review # 33: Say Not What If by Andrew Friedman

     Say Not What If  by Andrew Friedman is a 51 page short story in the format of a rhythmic poem. It is narrated by a man who is on death row for murder, and describes his work-a-holic lifestyle, his crime, his sentencing, and his remaining life in prison. 
     I have always been interested in the different formats that writers use to convey their thoughts; so when I read about Andrew Friedman's short story, Say Not What If, I was ready to read something out of the ordinary. The paperback I received didn't disappoint!
     After page one I was hooked. The rhyming scheme was excited and bouncy, yet the actual subject matter was gritty, full of despair and hopelessness. I thought this stark contrast really helped with the poem's rhythmic flow. I found myself reading, (in my head and out loud), at an energetic pace, almost like lyrics to a song, waiting to find out what would happen next. I don't know how Andrew Friedman managed to keep the rhyming scheme consistent, but it was nearly perfect and very easy to read and understand. I actually read it a second time just because I liked the flow of the poem as a whole.
     I recommend this poetic short story to anyone who wants to read something different, likes a little rhyme, or those who find it's contents intriguing.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

***I received a copy of Say Not What If  from author Andrew Friedman in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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