The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way
By Ethan Coen
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307462695, 137pp.)
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
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Provocative, revealing, and often hilarious poems by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of No Country for Old Men
In his screenplays and short stories, Ethan Coen surprises and delights us with a rich brew of ideas, observations, and perceptions. In his first collection of poems he does much the same. The range of his poems is remarkable–funny, ribald, provocative, sometimes raw, and often touching and profound.
In these poems, Coen writes of his childhood, his hopes and dreams, his disappointments, his career in Hollywood, his physically demanding love affair with Mamie Eisenhower, and his decade-long battle with amphetamines that produced some of the lengthier poems in the collection. You will chuckle, nodding with recognition as you turn the pages, perhaps even stopping occasionally to read.