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"All told, Spiking the Sucker Punch reveals Telfer as a smart, funny poet who understands, above all, that laughs never come cheap." -Small Press Reviews

This gloriously bellowed lyrical and linguistic chaos, this 'mess of crossed wires and mixed seagulls,' will make your status quo ache, your perceptions implode, your horizons widen and shatter. -Patricia Smith, "Blood Dazzler”

Robbie Q, our dazzling shooting star sparking the gritty Chicago heavens, crackling with the surprising and contradictory rhythms of life on the run and in the heat. Keep on, Brother Q, dance the dialectic, your wild inspired unruly convergence and conspiracy. -Bill Ayers, activist/educator/author

In Spiking the Sucker Punch, Robbie Q. Telfer rocks out a bestiary of antic poetics all his own. In his open and generous hands, speech acts zoom in and out of our collective desire to live and love. You will feel alive again reading it. -Daniel Nester, "How to Be Inappropriate”

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I wrote this entire book while scream-crying on absinthe.  I'm not even sure what's in there.  Poetry?  Doesn't sound like me...

If I could go back in time and rewrite this book, I would add:
  1. More dreamboat vampires.
  2. Less magic eye portraits.
  3. Three times as many poems about bears.
It's difficult being a modern author.  The internet something and the facebook of course.  It's never been easier to be immortalized and fewer people have ever cared about it.  It is my hope that this book will be used as the new global currency, and I believe we are on target to meet this goal.  Si se puede!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982148887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982148884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robbie Q. Telfer is the co-founder and curator for The Encyclopedia Show, a live literary variety show being staged independently in over 10 cities around the world. He's been in two documentaries (from HBO and Siskel and Jacobs) for his work at Young Chicago Authors where he organizes the world's largest teen poetry festival called Louder Than A Bomb. He's written on two video games, is the poetry correspondent for TimeOut Chicago, and in 2007 was an individual finalist at the National Poetry Slam. His first published book of poetry, Spiking the Sucker Punch, was released in 2009 from Write Bloody Publishing.

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Robbie Q. Telfer is phenomenal.
Ronnie K. Stephens
Robbie Q. Telfer has managed to walk a line between humor and the brutal honesty of the human experience.
D. Lisi
Robbie Q. Tefler is a funny guy and this book will make you want to kiss him on the mouth.
Jeffrey P. Seasholtz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FS on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I meant to buy Hot Teen Slut by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz but got this instead. O well but I like it a lot. The other book is about a virgin poet who spent a year writing for the porn business which sounds really interesting because of the double handicap. Kind of like crazy golf or something. But the Sucker Punch book is what my friend would call "Rad." It's about sports, too, but this time punching. I think Robbio Telfer is a talent to be wrestled with. I like the Clowns and Foam and Freaky-time also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. O. Aptowicz on December 19, 2009
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This might be a bit unorthodox, but this review actually covers the first two books of poetry written by Chicago poet Robbie Q. Telfer: his second book, "Spiking the Sucker Punch" (Write Bloody Publishing, 2009) and his first book, the tough-to-find-but-well-worth-the-effort "My Huge Heart Still Has No Room for You" (Dire Nerd Books, 2007).

In his first book, "My Huge Heart...", Telfer showcases some of his better known performance works, including "Dyno-Dudez Theme" (an absurdist take on children TV show theme songs), "Ballad of Aqua P*ssy" (a hilarious re-imagining for the origin story of Aquaman, whom Telfer believes is the nerdiest & most pathetic of all superheros) and "2002 Silver Chevy Cavalier" (a praise poem for the author's car, which is part condemnation and part love-what-ya-got). It's a weird, electrifying & manic book, showcasing a poet who sparks on stage & off, waiting for the audience or reader to explode with reaction. It also happens to serve as a fantastic primer for his second book.

"Spiking the Sucker Punch" won one of the top prizes at Write Bloody Publishing's 2009 Open Book competition, and it shows a more mature Telfer. For instance, in his opening poem, "Clowns," Telfer juxtaposes dark-but-true stories of beloved comedians -- Jon Lovitz punching out Andy Dick over the death of Phil Hartman; a cancer-ridden Bill Hicks being cut from The Late Show; grief-stricken muppeteers trying to make their way through Jim Henson's funeral -- to shed light on the complex lives of people who choose to use humor as both their career and their main outlet of emotion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim F'n Stafford on May 24, 2011
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I always wondered how Robbie would be able to translate his dynamic stage presence into a book. I still don't know how, but he did. "Spiking the Sucker Punch" is bizarre, funny, surreal, serious, sad (but not too sad, don't worry), etc. Robbie is continuously rewriting the definition of "performance poetry" and this book is the next step in his evolution. Hizzah? Hizzah indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on May 5, 2011
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Spiking the Sucker Punch is a wonderful collection of brain goo in poem form. Robbie Q. masterfully injects his personal brand of insight into each and every poem. If you are looking for a tasty brain feast, this is it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lisi on June 20, 2011
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Robbie Q. Telfer has managed to walk a line between humor and the brutal honesty of the human experience. Spiking the Sucker Punch will make you laugh, it wil teach you valuable lessons, and you will walk away with about 300% more knowledge about bears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By courtney wright on June 2, 2011
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I am a big fan of Robbie Q. In class, I often use his poems as examples and my students respond favorably. I also coach high school and college speech and debate and regularly encourage my students to use Telfer's poetry when crafting their poetry programs. I've seen his poetry in the final rounds of all the major high school and college national tournaments, which makes sense because Rob's poetry is filled with funny stories, and sincere moments. Good stuff.
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