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Broetry: Poetry for Dudes Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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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.
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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!
This little book of poetry is very much a satirical look at young adulthood and popular culture. Yes, there is some strong language and references to drinking, but it's a Bro's view on his life! For the audience and purpose in the poetry, I got a good laugh and think a few of my coworkers have picked up their own copy as well. I really enjoyed this little collection of poems and can pretty much open it up at any time and get a good chuckle. Besides, who said poetry had to be serious and philosophical all the time? Where would we be without a good satire to highlight things in our society we don't always readily recognize. Check it out!
What impressed me: I'm no poetry fan, but I could get through this book easily and managed to be mildly entertained for the most part.
What disappointed me: The novelty of McGackin's voice wears off about four poems in. If feels like it's supposed to be really funny, but completely misses the mark landing nearer unusual. Broetry proves poetry can be written for the masses, but it failed to strike a chord in me.
Recommended: Not really. It's only appeal is in its quirkiness.
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