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The Unreasonable Slug [Paperback]

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"Not long ago one of Milwaukee poetry's young turks, Cook is now simply one of the city's major poets."-Milwaukee Magazine

Perfect for people who "don't like poetry," Matt Cook's distinctive writing is Midwestern yet worldly, rooted yet bohemian. His close observations result in poems that resemble a series of punk fortune cookies, a kind of psychedelic horse sense-discovering musicality and humor in cultural information, in family, in writing itself.

"The Modernist Bowling Alley"

The forgotten soul who first separated egg whites.
The homeless man wearing the Superman T-shirt.
Their intentions were clearly understood,
Except when they were unintentional and misunderstood.
The Madagascar moth is no longer destroying the prized sweaters
With anywhere near his previous curve of frequency.
Shoddy construction is now the more critical threat.
The modernist bowling alley will have the futuristic waiting area
Where you can go and wait patiently for the future.
You will see a clock on the wall that doesn't really look like a clock.
You will distinctly remember having forgotten that before.

Matt Cook is the author of In the Small of My Backyard and Eavesdrop Soup. His work has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air and The Writer's Almanac.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Manic D Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933149159  
ISBN13  9781933149158  

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More About Matt Cook

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > English > American Literature
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
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There's no room for cream...and no need for it, either  Mar 3, 2008
Another wonderful collection of approachable poems...

Though I'm a voracious reader, I often shy away from poetry because it's frequently so laden in impenetrable imagery and layering that I take nothing away from it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy having to think about a poem. I enjoy doing some interpretation. I enjoy wondering if the poem means the same to me as it does to its author. But I do not enjoy needing a pile of reference material and an Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Ring to appreciate a poem.

Enter Matt Cook.

Matt Cook's poems are all approachable. I take something away from all of them. This is not to say they lack sophistication or depth. While some are silly and fun, they are intentionally so, and the better for it. The others are quite intelligent and clever, and I enjoyed pondering some of them at length. But in the end, I could find meaning in all of them.

Cook is more than a wonderful writer; he is quite obviously a wonderful observer as well. He captures in his poems the things we fail to see in life, and my perspective on things changes every time I read one.

I believe you can't go wrong with any one of Cook's poetry collections. So go sit at Alterra and enjoy some poetry...
Fabulous  Jun 12, 2007
I absolutley loved this book. We need more poetry like this everywhere. I laughed, I puzzled, I had to read the book several times after receiving it out of sheer joy. I recommend anyone interested in poetry or trying to get others interested in poetry to get this book. The writing is unassuming and delightful.

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