This collection of poems by Joan Colby should be mandated reading for all poets and poet lovers. And for the life of me I can't understand why Colby hasn't been made Poet Laureate of somewhere. The poems in THE ATROCITY BOOK are dark, loving, skillful, and sometimes make you shiver. All of them are exquisitely crafted and the quality of the writing alone leaves you breathless. The poem from which the collection takes its title is particularly haunting. After reading this you wonder whether Colby can top it. Believe me, she can and she does.