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Shut Up You're Fine: Instructive Poetry for Very, Very Bad Children Hardcover – March 5, 2009

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"As with all of Hudgins+ work, the enthralling narratives and simple verse transcend class and geography, but Shut Up+s best feature is the combined didactic value of its title and its speakers+ perspectives."-Washington City Paper

"[A] compelling and hilariously offensive little book."-January magazine

Praise for Andrew Hudgins and Barry Moser:
"Andrew Hudgins is a natural storyteller. . . . The surface of Hudgin's poems-their quirky economy, the sheer music of his prosody-are so right because he goes so deep."-The Washington Post

"Moser's work is never less than dazzling."-Newsweek

About the Author

Andrew Hudgins has published eight books of poetry and two collections of essays. He currently teaches at Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Barry Moser has won numerous accolades for his work, including the prestigious National Book Award for Design and Illustration and the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award. He is both an author and an artist, whose illustrations can be seen in books ranging from "Voices of Ancient Egypt" by Kay Winters to "Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems" by Kristine O'Connell George. Barry Moser's work is represented in collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. He lives in western Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590201035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590201039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What happens when a Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist poet turns his considerable talents to subversive subject matter? This collection of 63 nursery-rhyme style poems (almost all of which appeared in reviews such as Antioch, Poetry, and TriQuarterly) is what happens. Most of the titles are innocuous, but others give a fair taste of the overall tenor of the book, such as "Daddy, Are We Meat?" or "The Thumping of the Bed" or "My Grandmother's Breasts." These are poems populated by little boys who masturbate and torture animals, pedophile priests and uncles, drunken teenage parents, and countless other nasty people. Satiric doesn't even begin to capture the odd mixture of jauntiness and grimness that these poems contain. Consider these lines from "The Cow":

When she grows too feeble to give us fresh cream,
We'll slit her red throat, hang her from a beam,
And pull out her insiders to throw to the dogs,
Just as we do when slaughter the hogs.
We've now owned six cows that I can remember,
We drain them and gut them, skin and dismember,
Package and label them, and suck up the freezer,
We all love beefsteak--from baby to geezer.

If you have a taste for the oddities of poetry, then this book is a must. It would also make a pretty fun gift for certain kinds of people (such as myself), who don't like poetry, but do have a taste for the macabre.
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For the most part this is a lackluster collection of poems. I have not read much of Mr. Hudgins' poetry, but I assume this is not his greatest effort.
There are a few pieces that are quite witty, speak to a human truth, or have some redeeming theme. However, there are others that are completely inept in terms of their meter and prose, and others that are just downright lame attempts at shock value.
Poems such as "The Tooth Fairy" and "Starving Kids in Africa" seem to capture the mind of childhood, while others lack coherency and value. This is a small collection, and a quick read, but I doubt whether you will find anything "lasting" or significant about it. It is certainly not worth buying. Libraries are for poems such as these. You won't find the need to return to them again and again.
The drawings (there are not that many) by Barry Moser are quite fine.
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This little book has started more conversations sitting on the coffee table than anything else we have ever had out. People read the title and MUST pick it up to start reading. Great humor.
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