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Veronica McDonald's first chapbook is full of things dark and strange. In these 24 poems and flash pieces, the reader is invited on a journey through childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, and unhealthy romances twisted by the powers of magical realism. Monsters will appear, the inanimate will come to life, and all will get lost in the murkiness between real and imagina Veronica McDonald's first chapbook is full of things dark and strange. In these 24 poems and flash pieces, the reader is invited on a journey through childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, and unhealthy romances twisted by the powers of magical realism. Monsters will appear, the inanimate will come to life, and all will get lost in the murkiness between real and imaginary.


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Veronica McDonald's first chapbook is full of things dark and strange. In these 24 poems and flash pieces, the reader is invited on a journey through childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, and unhealthy romances twisted by the powers of magical realism. Monsters will appear, the inanimate will come to life, and all will get lost in the murkiness between real and imagina Veronica McDonald's first chapbook is full of things dark and strange. In these 24 poems and flash pieces, the reader is invited on a journey through childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, and unhealthy romances twisted by the powers of magical realism. Monsters will appear, the inanimate will come to life, and all will get lost in the murkiness between real and imaginary.

31 review for Rotten Pleasantness: Dark & Strange Prose and Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I really enjoyed these 24 poems. Sometimes I like poems people write and other times I am not so sure but these were great! These poems took me through childhood, teenage, and some unpleasant romances. Things I think we are all familiar with in our lives. Veronica has a great way of writing and I enjoyed when she blurred the lines between real and imaginary. * I received this book from the author and this is my honest review*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Louis Cecile

    The title is a giveaway for the theme and structure of this book. However, rather than being instantly aware of what to expect this chapbook delights in subtext. There is a continued notion of more to be revealed from reading each poem and prose. The layout is a journey from childhood to adult life. The beginning has an essence of childhood fairytales with doses of morality to forewarn you of the dangers of life. With the narrative format of her poetry, the blend of prose works well to move the The title is a giveaway for the theme and structure of this book. However, rather than being instantly aware of what to expect this chapbook delights in subtext. There is a continued notion of more to be revealed from reading each poem and prose. The layout is a journey from childhood to adult life. The beginning has an essence of childhood fairytales with doses of morality to forewarn you of the dangers of life. With the narrative format of her poetry, the blend of prose works well to move the book in pacing and theme. The author uses a non-rhyme structure often that helps to intertwine it with the prose to be seamless. The latter part of the book takes on a darker tone with references to demons and monsters, but not in an overt horror or paranormal sense. It is done subtly, which is the authors overriding strength. Surprising modern day relationship woes are introduced sparingly, which despite the journey structure feel a little out of place. The ending feels quite abrupt and the poem chosen could have been stronger to conclude the book. A particular favourite poem from the book is 'Once Upon a Bicycle' that delights in the subtext with an overall mystery of what is occurring behind the scene. The lines "Once upon a bicycle, I fell and scraped my knee. The blood is spilling on the bed as the stranger watches me." is truly fantastic in displaying the author's strengthen in simply intriguing the reader. A great debut and welcome read. Certainly, an author who can progress and hopefully get even stronger in her writing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Gorthey

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veronica McDonald

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~Book Reviews by Trish~

  6. 4 out of 5

    Val Zinfandel

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patti McDonald

  8. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Piper

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wanda C

  15. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Jackson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Reader

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Muscat

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Fantom

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angelia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Richardson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  31. 4 out of 5

    SALLY WHITE

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