We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough

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We Are All Good if They Try Hard Enough, the sincere and funny debut book, balances media-saturated satire with Martin Buber-strength notions of care and consideration. The poems ask big questions like WHY? and when the book is through, it suggests an answer: let's be friends.

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"Mike Young’s poetry is an absolute stunner. We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough streams one intricate, scenery chewing, note perfect, balletic, swervy, mind blowing composition after another. These may be nothing but great poems, but I can’t think of a paragraph anywhere that can match them for style or cover their emotional distance." -Dennis Cooper

"We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough reveals the gestures & tics of common experience as portals to the sublime, the theoretical & the silly. These poems jumpcut like French New Wave & confide like a sinner, always trembling with energy, always trying to contain the tiltawhirl glamour of life & exploding." -Mathias Svalina

"We are all good says the book, says the poet. The poet Mike Young is not afraid of marionberries or MySpace, Nyquil, or Dunkin’ Donuts or KFC, or a crucifix on wheels, or Gillis Beukel or Martha Stewart or Minnie Mouse, or Cheetos or Craigslist, or breast milk or milk duds or Cool Whip, or NASCAR or MMORPGs, or a theory of radical alterity or The Decemberists or Barry Bonds, or Arkansas or Crescent City, California. Oh my god, he is not afraid of Chuckie Cheese! This is a reckless, fearless poet we’re meeting, and I think we should all wish him safe travels. He reminds me of Marcel Proust. He is that greedy and that good." -Dara Wier

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Author Mike Young
Publisher Publishing Genius
Page Count 79pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date September 2010
ISBN 978-0982081372

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