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Spiking the Sucker Punch Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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
From the Author
If I could go back in time and rewrite this book, I would add:
- More dreamboat vampires.
- Less magic eye portraits.
- Three times as many poems about bears.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Indiefeed podcast featured a reading of Robbie Q Telfer's "The Foam" a while back, which I listened to on repeat for days on end, so I eventually had to buy Spiking the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Luke S. Farrell
This right here? This is my jam. A mix of funny, poignant, and surreal poetry. Always fresh no matter how many times I read it.Published 18 months ago by Timothy Stafford
Telfer opens up his second book of poetry with "Clowns," profiling the depression and
destruction successful comedians endure for society's entertainment and setting the... Read more
Robbie Q. Telfer is phenomenal. Never before have I torn through a book of poetry so fast, nor have I ever before encountered poems that make me laugh and still satisfy the critic... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Ronnie K. Stephens
Robbie Q. Telfer has managed to walk a line between humor and the brutal honesty of the human experience. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by D. Lisi