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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In the anthology Men in the Company of Women, editors Apryl Skies and Alicia Winski have solicited poetry and short stories from over one hundred authors worldwide. In general, the anthology is intended to give the reader glimpses into how men think about the women they know. In reality, I found that the contributions tell more about the authors' attitudes toward women rather than about impressions of women in general. Some of the offerings were very sophisticated and it was obvious that a great deal of thought and insight had gone into the writings. At other times, the thoughts seemed to be written in times of anger and/or depression.

There is a short story called "Track Marks" which speaks to the darker sides of both men and women. On the brighter side, the story about a grandmother named "Hannah" was obviously written with a great deal of positive, poetic memory. Some of the poetry was somewhat esoteric while other poems were blunt and realistic. One of the more haunting pieces is entitled "The Things I Would Tell You...If Ever We Met." Readers will need to consider each offering based upon their own mind set. One that was difficult for me to read (as a senior citizen) is called "In the Garden of the Senior Residence."

There is no doubt the writing will evoke thoughts and feelings. However, I did not come away with a strikingly strong gut feeling that men understand women the slightest bit better than they did a hundred years ago!