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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745171
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Broetry provides poetic meanderings for the everydude.”—Time.com

Chosen as one of the Best Covers of 2011 by The Huffington Post

About the Author

Brian McGackin has degrees from Emerson College and the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. This is his first book.

More About the Author

Brian McGackin is the author of BROETRY: POETRY FOR DUDES (Quirk Books). He has a BA from Emerson College in Something Completely Unrelated To His Life Right Now, and a Masters in Poetry from USC. He enjoys Guinness, comic books, and Bruce Willis movies.

Customer Reviews

"Broetry" is full of poems that remind me that I like poetry.
April E Collier
I really enjoyed this little collection of poems and can pretty much open it up at any time and get a good chuckle.
Becky at "One Literature Nut"
I have a huge poetry anthology that has hundreds of sticky notes marking my favorite poems.
Kelly

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JP Zazarra on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I laughed, I cried, I shotgunned a Coores, and then dominated at a beer pong tournament. This is the greatest advancement in bro literature I have seen since Ernest Hemingway, the ultimate bro, wrote that book about fishing.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Bassett on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's lot of mediocre poetry out there about the many, many things McGackin's intended readers aren't interested in. So it's only fair, I say, that they also get a collection of just plain bad poems that speaks to them, finally, about things they *do* care about--chicken wings, Thursday night drinking, and hooking up with freshman girls. McGackin has struck a blow for equality in another way as well: Isn't it time that straight young males have a voice of some kind in today's America?
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By KC Boas on June 12, 2013
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This is the perfect gift for a guy in your life. It's simple but funny - and appropriately priced. I couldn't resist giving it a read-through myself before I wrapped it for my friend. My friend loved it - he actually took the time to read it (shock, I know). And it's been sitting on his bookshelf ever since.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ironmaus on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Everyone should find entertainment that they can relate to, and there's nothing wrong with trying to make an art form accessible to new audiences. I won't go near opera that doesn't promise huge production values because the music alone can't keep me in my seat. But this is awful.

When I heard about Broetry, I assumed that it was a subtle reinterpretation of classic poems, perhaps a set of notes on juxtaposing pages with the original works, intended to make transparent the meanings for an audience that wouldn't otherwise care or take the time to understand. This book is no such thing. Instead, it is a collection of thoughts the author attributes to the bro attitude, crammed into the framework of great poems. And the bro attitude here is one of apathy, media obsession, and sexual coercion. The characters in these works--I can only hope they are not modeled on real people--shirk their responsibilities, don't care about education, live from drink to drink, speak through a collection of profanities and text-message shortenings, and regularly reduce women to objects to be f***ed and forgotten.

Flip through the preview here on Amazon and you'll find language that is plain and unrhythmic. It rhymes when the original work demands it but never creatively or with much effect. Sex, alcohol, and the pursuit of a good time are presented as blandly as possible, and often with total disregard for others. A post-coital man thinking about his surroundings, including the affectionate young woman at his side, concludes "Never date a Freshman." There's a three page poem that is nothing but movie titles strung together to tell a coming of age tale...or possibly to convince the audience that the author is hip to the culture he's addressing.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Ingram on August 24, 2011
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I confess: I like my poetry down to earth, sexy/sexual, and with a sense of humor; "Broety" manages to be all these things at once, and does it with style! I enjoyed the time-based layout of the book, too - it's not a book full of poems about flowers, written by someone trying to seem cool; it's a book of poetry by a writer with an authentic voice, who's writing about events and time periods in his life. Love love love.

Given this is McGackin's freshman piece, there are definitely things that don't work (a few obviously-written-for-class pieces, notably a riff on "Two Roads diverged.." which works as a funny comparison piece, but doesn't work as much else -- but then there are pieces like "Morning Sex" and "I'll take 'crazy bitches' for $200, Alex" which make you laugh and think all at once. He also does *wonders* with Haiku (and combined-haiku, as in "Haikougar" - which also works as a pun... :D ).

I suspect the 1-star reviewers like their poetry stuffier; ie, less sex, less fun, and more like all the convoluted flower-related poetry out in the marketplace (see the bonus poems after the Acknowledgement sections for more on this..) .. or perhaps they're offended by all the sex.

What I'm saying is, you'll love this, or you'll hate it - but you won't be ambivalent, and that's what's really awesome. Looking forward to the next book.

... oh, and seriously: Awesome!
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DK-- on August 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With all the 5 star reviews I felt Broetry might at least be funny. It isn't. Take this excerpt from the back cover.

I go to drink beer,
lots of beer,
and I go to eat
chicken fingers,
and most likely
mozzarella sticks,
and maybe wings
if someone else
orders wings;
I go to spend money;
because
it is Sunday
it is fall,
it is football

--excerpt from "Impact"

That is the "quality" of this book.

And a note on all the 5 star reviews. Notice how most are from July 13th or 14th? I bet those immediate 5 star reviews are from the author's friends trying to boost the rating of this book. Many of whom seem to be from Los Angeles / USC / Emerson , places the author lives or studied at.

So judge the book for yourself based on the excerpt above, not the suspect 5 star reviews.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
So, you are a typical frat boy with some degree in an english major that you are quickly realizing is going to land you little in the way of valuable career, aside from perhaps a job that would consist of spending your time with some stuffy old academic types who don't enjoy beer and casual sex nearly as much as you do. So what is your solution? Take a little bite of humble pie and move on with your life taking a more conventional career path? Or perhaps you could take what amounts to myspace blog posts put it in a large font, put it in a book and have the audacity to call it a revolutionary new form of poetry. The fine author of this book chose the latter and while it is not a revolutionary new form of poetry, it is a revolutionary new form of absolute crap.

It is not that I condemn this book out of snobbery, quite the opposite I condemn this book out of the snobbery of the author. I condemn him for believing his words and thoughts of the day are (rather than that of a typical blogger who has likely some sense of self-perspective) revolutionary and brilliant. Anybody could have written this book, all you would need to do is write a myspace quality "let's talk about what's going on in my life" text, spell check it, then make your sentence construction a bit awkward, and then read it with a strange cadence.

Example:

A girl, attractive, stood near
Working up the nerve to talk to her
3 More Jello shots will help

There, I just pulled that out of my proverbial ass, and it would fit right in with this book.
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