Outside of some rhyme, there are no discernible poetic features here. A few of the shorter poems do show some insight. The title is shocking, and leads the reader to expect cutting-edge, innovative, and unconventional poetry. That is not the case; the title appears designed to merely shock.
For example, this is a typical example:
How to Have Fun
There’s only one way to have fun.
You’ll need to get a dinosaur.
That’s definitely step one.
Hop on it and take a ride
off to an exotic land.
If you see monsters, hide.
There is a rhyme scheme, in this case not forced, And there is rhythm within a stanza, although it varies from stanza to stanza. As a result, the flow of the poem comes to a halt.
The introduction pronises a "lot of lovey-dovey shit" after a few intentional false starts of what will follow. My impression was that the person behind the book was not really serious about it. Then, why should readers take it seriously?
This is a self-published book. One of the great debates in publishing nowadays is whether or not a writer should seek a conventional publisher or self-publish. There are hybrid forms out there as well; to discuss them would lead the discussion away from the point I want to make. Sometimes a writer wants to have total control over the work and/or to offer it to the public quickly. A traditional publisher is on a schedule that requires six months or longer to produce a book.
That being said, I strongly suspect that this book is self-published for the simple reason that no respectable publisher would have accepted it in its current form. My hope is that this becomes a teachable moment for the person who self-published this book. It is time for a self-assessment and to avail himself of a mentor somewhere.
I do not wish to be negative, but I am compelled to be honest to poetry.
I am a published poet with four books out there of my own, and two in collaboration with artist Carol Worthington-Levy. Additionally I have drafts of a novel and one short story in the process of being sent out.