So I’m grouping the review of these together, as they all read as a continuous flow. The themes of his poems do not change from book to book, a poem from Whiskey Words could be inserted to Rest in the Mourning and no one would notice it wasn’t meant to be there.
So, this is sort of a cumulative review for all five poetry books.
I’d give each book somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.
The three volumes of Whiskey Words and a Shovel were definitely better than the other two.
These books are very similar in tone and theme to books like Milk and Honey (Book Review: Milk and Honey) which I guess makes sense because they are all from the same publisher.
These poems are all about love and heartbreak, though I felt the ones where he focused on his own experiences were better than the ones where he spoke about woman and what a woman deserves, because he sounded preachy and kind of annoying in this.
His shorter poems were much more enjoyable than his longer ones, as the longer ones tended to lose steam in the middle and get really repetitive.
If you like these sorts of poetry books, with poems that belong in Instagram captions or Tumblr posts, than you’ll really enjoy his books – any of them, as there isn’t much to distinguish between them. By the third and fourth book of his, I felt like I’d read it already, but thats just me. Maybe don’t read them back to back.