Item description for Eavesdrop Soup by Matt Cook...
In this outrageous second volume of amazing poetry, quick-witted spoken word slam champ Matt Cook tackles science ("Static Electricity"), geography ("Pittsburgh"), and death ("Oblong Strongboxes"), among other topics. His vision is that of the blue-collar Midwest, perceptively observing life globally ("Goat Transaction") and locally ("The Man Across the Street"). Quirky and humorous, with a subtext of serious social commentary, Cook's writing is for people who think they hate poetry (and for those who love it, too).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2005
Publisher Manic D Press, Inc.
ISBN 1933149000 ISBN13 9781933149004
Availability 0 units.
More About Matt Cook
Matt Cook is the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard (Manic D Press, 2002), Eavesdrop Soup (Manic D Press, 2005), The Unreasonable Slug (Manic D Press, 2007), and PROVING NOTHING TO ANYONE (Publishing Genius Press, 2013). His work has been anthologized in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, The United States of Poetry, and in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places. He lives in Memphis, TN.
Matt Cook currently resides in Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin. Matt Cook was born in 1969 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Keele University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eavesdrop Soup?
Another stellar compilation Dec 24, 2006
Great book of poetry from a local guy with a great sense of humor. If you have the chance to hear him read in person, it adds a lot to the work because of his passion and emphasis.
Cook's quirky and humorous style redefines the boundaries of poetic tradition Nov 11, 2005
Eavesdrop Soup is spoken word Slam champ Matt Cook's second volume of poetry and clearly documents him as a continuing and established original voice in American poetry. Offering a subtext of serious social commentary, Cook's quirky and humorous style redefines the boundaries of poetic tradition while providing the reader with verse that is as entertaining as it is thoughtful and thought provoking. Constructive Criticism: I played trombone in this band in Milwaukee--/But my arms were really short,/So I couldn't hit any of the low notes on the trombone.//I was taking lessons from this guy downtown--/He was always trying to give me constructive criticism./That's what he did--he gave constructive criticism/To trombone players with really short arms.//He was so dedicated, so patient, this guy downtown./He was completely frank with me,/Absolutely candid about every possible matter--/Except for the length of my arms./He would offer completely made-up, roundabout, very sweet,/Explanations as to why this or that horn part wasn't working.//He made it sound as though it were only a suggestion of gumption./He would never, ever, suggest that my arms were too short.
Pure genius! Jul 11, 2005
In the tradition of the Holy Fool and the Court Jester, Matt Cook writes and talks with poignancy and humor. Brilliant, thoughtful, intelligent, Cook communicates the commonfolk wisdom of our generation. The guy makes reading the World Book Encyclopedia a distillate comic monologue! The world must be infected by the good virus that is Matt's wit. His truths sneak up on you, disguised as unknowing candor. Cook needs his own nationally syndicated show! My favorite quote of Matt Cook's is, "Time is a good thing. It keeps everything from happening all at once." There is no part of Matt that isn't pure genius.