The collection is about the struggle of millennials—a theme that Laudati includes in all of his works. It mentions many aspects of the millennial experience such as the national debt, the importance of voting, the frustrations of college, and the general pressures society forces on young people.
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“Bone House’s” tone is, overall, blunt and bittersweet, but is also refreshing in that Laudati is a fellow suffering millennial who understands the modern-day pressures that young adults face.
A section from one of the poems in the collection called “Buffalo Bones” encapsulates Laudati’s style and message: “you know then./they lied to you but that’s okay./it just hurts real bad/when the rules change/and your professors/still want homework./maybe santa will pay the late fees/if you say grace every day of lent.”
Brutally honest and a bit mysterious—as poetry often is—this excerpt exemplifies Laudati’s raw tone and the incorporation of everyday pressures into his work.
The collection is the fourth major work that Laudati has published. Other notable works of his include “Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair,” a collection of poetry, “Play the Devil,” a novel, and “Water Street,” a short story that was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction.