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