Why Is It So Hard to Kill You?

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Barrett Warner cover“Barrett Warner’s poems are characteristically a mixture of the Marx Brothers, Russell Edson and James Tate, with touches of Dorothy Parker and H.P. Lovecraft–which is to say they really aren’t like anyone else’s. I think they’re terrific fun to read and, for such entertainments, wise about both heart and head.” –Ed Ochester (Editor, Pitt Poetry Series)


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“Life may be labor, but Warner’s poems do not lose their openness to experiencing every moment. Why be merciful when time isn’t? He drinks the kerosene haunting a sleep that can’t always tell the difference between dreams and nightmares. These poems woke me up.” –Tracy Dimond (I Want Your Tan)



“In these earthy poems, there is nothing that is either obscure or pretentious, but there is what poetry wants–beauty and humanity. It’s a refreshing read, and afterwards, one wishes for a life even half as large as the one revealed here.” –Gary Blankenburg (Mr. Electric)


“Warner’s strengths are his strong voice and narrative line, and his balance of abstract to concrete imagery. His deft handling of emotion with visceral description and good dialogue make his poems memorable, funny, smart, and emotionally absorbing, and satisfying in their combination of honesty and restraint.” (April Ossmann)

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