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The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry: Timeless Poems by Snooki, John Boehner, Kanye West, and Other Well-Versed Celebrities Paperback – March 27, 2012


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076116782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761167822
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathryn and Ross Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn Petras lives in Seattle.



Ross and Kathryn Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross Petras lives in Toronto.


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I'm half of a brother and sister writing team. We were raised in suburbia, one of us wears glasses, one doesn't, and 50% of us is female. The other 50% is male -- and is taller than the other half.

We're the authors of the national bestselling "Stupidest" series - which includes the #1 bestselling page-a-day calendar "The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said" (now in its 21st year -- with over 4.5 million copies sold), "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats,"Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese," "Wretched Writing," "It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done," and the just published "Never Use a Long Word Where a Short One Will Do." (Visit us at stupidest.com and on Facebook (we're stupidest.com there too).

Our work has received the attention of personalities like David Brinkley and Howard Stern and publications including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post and the London Times.

One or the other (or both!) has/have been a guest on hundreds of radio shows and tv shows, including Good Morning America (about menopause), CNN (about bad poetry) and Fox and Friends (about Paris Hilton).

Oh, and one of us was a Jeopardy contestant (but, sadly, came in third - and only won a designer watch . . .).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roochak on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's almost frightening how much Rep. Michele Bachman's "poem" on page 211 reads like an excerpt from an Ezra Pound Canto, and how much Sen. Joe Lieberman (p.131), in a hot air rhapsody on American history, actually manages to sound like an unhinged Marianne Moore. Maybe the Petras siblings, specialists in skewering public blowhards with their own words, are onto something here.

Scouring media interviews, public appearances, and leaked conversations for the work of 168 of our really important modern poets -- including Tom Cruise, Hugo Chavez, Donald Trump, Kanye West, Rahm Emanuel, Lars von Trier, and something called "Snooki" -- the Petrases, tongues firmly in cheek, annotate such literary masterworks as Jim Cramer's "Once I Was Somebody, Now I'm a Buffoon" ("The poet-financial pundit Jim Cramer here hearkens back to the incomparable lament of Dido in Virgil's Aeneid. He replaces the classic dactylic hexameter with his own innovative Cramerian Sporadic Kvetchameter"); Jack Abramoff's lamentation "On the Fickleness of Friendships" ("Neo-Beat poet (and former lobbyist convicted for conspiracy) Jack Abramoff turns an acid tongue on his former friend Newt Gingrich (who was, in effect, Kerouac to his Ginsberg) in this lament ripped from the heart. Written in the form of a blues riff, this is best read aloud over the sound of a wailing saxophone"); and Joey Gambina's "Why I Don't Kiss My Consigliere No More" ("In this radiant tercet, mobster Joey Gambina takes on the ramifications of an intrusive unconstitutional government").

I enjoyed this book for the hour or so that it took to read it.
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While not a book that will keep you interested for very long, this anthology of dumb celebrity quotes (put on paper as if they were poetry) highlights some very amusing and out-of-touch musings from people like Kanye West (who really says some terribly stupid things in here) to Hillary Clinton. The reporting of this blather also says something about the way in which the general public is devoted to treating the words of the rich and famous like signs from the sky.
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By datura2002 VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was almost in tears after I picked this book up and started thumbing through it.

"Every time I look at something in this book, I can't stop laughing!" I said to a friend, between snorts.

She replied, "Every time I point out something in this book to someone else, they can't stop laughing either."
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