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Last Request Summary
Joel Brouwer

Everything you need to understand or teach Last Request by Joel Brouwer.

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Last Request Summary

Introduction

When Joel Brouwer's "Last Request" was published in his first (and only, to date) collection Exactly What Happened in 1999, it was one among many poems that surprised readers with a macabre subject and somewhat bizarre humor. With poem titles such as "Former Kenyan Parliament Member Arrested for 'Imagining the Death' of President Daniel Arap Moi," "Astronomers Detect Water in Distant Galaxy," and "Locking Up the Russian," Brouwer shows his audience up front that he is not afraid to break the rules of formal or "expected" poetry. His work tackles any and all topics, and "Last Request" is a good example. Its subject is not only strange and funny but frightening and tragic as well.

In this poem, the speaker requests that, after he dies, his body be entombed in a cardboard pyramid and placed in the backyard at first, then taken to a dump and left among the stench...

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