When I first began this website, I thought that it would be nice to find other writers to follow on WordPress.
I began following A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself and I have to admit that it’s the only website that I actually currently follow. The site is frequently updated and when I saw that Eric was giving away copies of his book ‘Poet Robot’ I e-mailed him immediately to ask for one. He responded positively, and some days later I received a signed and dedicated copy in the mail.
In high school I fancied myself a poet. I wrote free verse and illustrated my own work. I read collections of poetry aloud on sunny days while laying outside. I’ve never lost my appreciation for great poetry though I have realized that I should either practice writing it or leave it to those who know what they’re doing.
Eric “E.I.” Wong certainly knows what he’s doing.
Poet Robot is divided into three parts, and the book is peppered with footnotes that are worth reading as they’re really a part of the narrative themselves. In reading this I was reminded of how nice it is to read something so singularly unique. This book is full of contemporary and experimental poetry. It breaks editing and publishing rules by mixing up fonts and allocating entire pages to footnotes. It at times contains crass (but never rude) humour that I was never offended by, instead finding myself laughing on public transit.
The first part is composed of a selection of short, separate poems that are each showcased in a different font. The second is an experiment in comedic poetry – and it’s fabulous. It’s essentially a monologue of an assassin teaching an apprentice. (I may memorize parts of this and attend a Monologue Slam despite my fear of public performance just to perform it aloud for an audience. It’s that good.) The third part contained some more short poetry pieces as well as a piece entitled ‘To Describe Blowjobs Artistically’ that was surprisingly good.
This is a book to cherish, and to come back to when you forget what it means to love reading, or to love writing. It’s honestly funny and it was a joy to read.
I want to recommend this book to the world.