Touching on topics from mental illness to snow to karma this poetry collection by UNH professor Andrew Merton is full of funny, sad, true poems. Charles Simic wrote the introduction to this volume.
Merton will be reading at Gibson's on June 28, 2012 starting at 7pm. Be warned though, you might need to leave early.
Why I Left The Poetry Reading EarlyI wanted to applaudafter the very first poem,in which the famous poetrevealed the secrets of the universeand the human soulwith no more effort than a shrug.The second poem put the first to shame.I was forced to restrain myselfby gripping the edges of my chairand sitting on my thumbs.Soon it took all my resolveto keep from shouting "Bravo"after nearly every line;five more minutes of thisand nothing would have stopped mefrom rising, unbidden,and burbling superlatives.So I left.As I tiptoed down the hallI thought I heard the famous poet say:"Now we can really begin."Andrew Merton's poem is reproduced here with the publisher's permission.