Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars
The subtitle really sets the mood for this book perfectly: “a collection of prose, tales, and streams of semi-consciousness”. Actor and musician, Scott Schiaffo not only authored this book of poems he also self-published it. Scott is known best for his role in “Clerks” as the “Chewlies Gum Guy”. Before reading this book I have never really took much interest into the world of poetry. After reading this book I think my mind has been opened to this world new world that I never really took notice to. Be warned before you read this book it is some heavy stuff and you should really prepare yourself before diving in.
In this book we delve into the mind Scott Schiaffo and his darkest times in his life. We glimpse into his issues with existential angst, addiction, and even near death experiences. I really need to give Scott credit for revealing this very troubled time in his life. Two notable poems have to be “Naked” and “Stitch”. I also really enjoyed the title poem “Vicious Dogs Attack Me In Sleepless Nights Of Summer”. To quote the closing line of “Elapse”…”I want to live, not exist”, this pretty much sums its up.
The book itself extremely simple and is not too showy. It really let’s the words do the talking and it is what it is and take it or leave it. To accompany these deep and honest poems are some great illustrations from Scott Meaney, co-author of the great sci-fi graphic novel, “Constellation Park”. I feel that Scott really digs deep and really reveals to us his darkest secrets and you really get an appreciation for his story that you find being told throughout each poem. I recommend this book very highly.