I've enjoyed poem-novels before...well, one. 'Sharp Teeth' was exceptionally entertaining and rises above what (let's be honest) is a gimmick.
That this was Rakoff's last work gave me pause, but I just couldn't get into it. The rhymes were clever and the dark content of the stories was a deliberate contrast to the sing-song of the verse. That does not excuse the fact that it was still sing-song verse. I can take that from some poets in certain meters, but this was too much for me. It was like the sound of grit between two ceramic plates.