Title: Advanced Magic for Beginners
By: Joe Hakim
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
Hakim’s poetry collection reads like a series of painfully frank diary entries. ‘Advanced Magic For Beginners’ follows Hakim into some of the darkest recesses of the daily trog through life. “as I sink deeper into doubt and debt/ got nothing to look forward to/ except going to bed at the end of a shift”.
The poems form grim but honest tales, of the endless futility that goes with daily life. Hakim also focuses on the numbing, rather than exciting effects of drugs and alcohol. Self- deprecation constantly accompanies these themes.However the self-directed insults are matched by an equal (although cynical) sense of humour.
‘Advanced Magic for Beginners’ is a poetry collection for anybody struggling with the monotony of dead end jobs, followed by evenings in the pub. Together the poems form a scream against modern expectations.
“I’d tell you that I spend the majority of my time drinking supermarket brand beer/ writing sub-par poetry and wanking, but I’m/ sure that would put you off.”