- Paperback: 50 pages
- Publisher: Epic Rites Press (2012)
- Language: English
- ASIN: 1926860128
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,651,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They Never Told Me This Would Happen Paperback – 2012
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“John Yamrus, to me, is the Jim Henson of poetry. Combining a wry sense of humor, acuity of vision, and directness of language, his most recent collection of short poems, They Never Told Me This Would Happen, is a reader’s delight. Yamrus pulls the strings, inhabits the body, projects the voice of his own combination of Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird: playful, gripy, and slyly optimistic. From the nontraditional love song “she” to the playful tease of “Q” to the life lesson of “the,” Yamrus’ voice leads us through conventionally un-poetic terrain. They Never Told Me This Would Happen should be a primary text for every writer who thinks they know poetry.”—Annmarie Lockhart, Vox Poetica“Reading John Yamrus is like a quick bike ride through the trails. You have fun. You work out. You meet people, maybe nod ‘hey’ or comment on their dogs, and move along. If you slow down too long, your sunglasses fog up and the bugs start to bite. So you ride home at a good clip, wondering what those folks are really like, all while hoping you don’t hit a stump and break your face.”—R L Raymond, Sonofabitch Poems“John Yamrus’ poems are stunningly deceptive. Frank O’Hara meets William Carlos Williams musing on what seems the ordinary and suddenly you arrive at the vale of soul-making moment. The poems demand the reader re-think the world. These poems, which appear, with their short lines and conversational quickness, to be somewhat breezy, in fact demand the reader plunge into their complexity. Fine stuff here.”—Mark Statman, A Map of the Winds“John Yamrus builds a poem the way a kitchen table or sacred armchair tells a story; punchy, sentimental, and ruthlessly honest.”—Lawrence Gladeview, Just Ignore the Beer Stains