“Broetry” by Brian McGackin

“Broetry” by Brian McGackinBroetry by Brian McGackin
Published: 2011 by Quirk
Genres: Humor, Poetry
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Everybody needs at least one good coffee-table book.  As a grad student whose life has been impacted by the somewhat shitty economy, I found this book of poems to be hilarious.

The collection, entitled “Broetry,” is written by a guy who actually has an advanced degree in poetry.  The subject matter lies along the lines of frat-house humor and the plight of the newly unemployed/underemployed generation.  Poems cover subjects ranging from booze and sex to Mama Celeste pizzas and Captain America.  “Broetry” is strewn with pop-culture references and is good for a laugh.

This book is not for the easily offended, of course.  Many might deem the poems “dumb” or “misogynistic.”  I, however, found this book to be quite enjoyable.  I also realize that humor is not meant to be taken entirely seriously, but rather exists for amusement and as a form of social commentary.  I particularly enjoyed the poems Final Final Fantasy, Do You Believe in Magic?, and Why You Should Listen to Classical Music (and yes, the lightsaber duel in Star Wars Episode I is one of those reasons).

I’m going to post one of the poems in the book, just as an example of McGackin’s style.  It’s the shortest in the collection, in the form of a haiku.

“Why Do Buses Smell?”

The young girl asks her
mother. I listen, because
I want to know, too.

I recommend this to anyone looking for some good tasteless humor about college, job-hunting, and life in general.

8 thoughts on ““Broetry” by Brian McGackin

  1. This would be a great coffee table book. I love this type of humor. And I love Haikus. One of my buddies requests that when you leave a voice mail to compose a Haiku. I love it!

    1. I didn’t pick it up looking for anything serious… I was at Borders with a friend, and we were laughing at the various remnants of the humor section. Came across this and decided I’d actually get it, because it amused me.

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