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Reviewed by Geoff Habiger for Readers' Favorite
The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems by Kenneth Salzmann is a short collection of poetry that touches on the unique experiences and inspiration of the poet. While short in length, the thirty poems within this collection touch on many subjects including nature, culture, the world we inhabit and the people who bring the world to life, and topical and relevant events affecting our lives today. Kenneth draws his inspiration from a long career in literary programming and his personal connections with many other gifted writers, and his experience and wealth of knowledge are evident here. The poems in this collection touch on a variety of topics.
Poetry is a very personal experience for the poet and the reader, each bringing and taking something unique from each poem. Kenneth Salzmann’s poems are no different, and I expect each reader will find something special and amazing in the poems within this collection. In my case, I greatly enjoyed three of the poems in particular: “All books this shelf twenty-five cents”, “Notes on the Great American Songbook”, and “Tango Lessons”. These three poems touched special and uniquely different chords for me. As an author myself, “All books…” was a fun way to dive into the mysteries of the life of a book after the author has released it into the world. “Notes…” is a poignant and timely reflection on America, while “Tango Lessons” fuses language and motion into a wonderfully dynamic poem. The Last Jazz Fan and Other Poems is a great collection of poetry by Kenneth Salzmann. Readers are sure to find several poems that will resonate with them.