Camp Winapooka by Scott Laudati | Review

Esther Hannan-Moon

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Scott Laudati’s Camp Winapooka is a suite of poems embellished with unique characters. Their gritty voices resonate with poignantly realistic tales. From a Voodoo practitioner in New York to a poor boy trying to befriend a skunk in California, each voice adds to the flavour.

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Although the meter is almost hidden, the poems have a unique narrative quality. They are conversational, giving a real voice to characters who are the blood cells of the world. Laudati gives the reader a sense that no voice is left unheard in his poems. He highlights how each character has something different and important to say. Every poem speaks on the hardships of loss, love and change. Laudati layers muscular subtext beneath his words.Overall, Camp Winapooka is a journey through the struggles of life, told through the voices of people that many of us can see, but not necessarily hear, in our daily lives. The visceral meaning tied to the poems is conveyed to the reader in an easily accessible and relatable language, that invokes a conversation between the character and reader. It’s a definite must-read if you’re looking to consume the reality of life.

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