Marvin R. Hiemstra is at his best in
this collection of poems, serving up
humor, double-entendre and hours of
Each one of the poems deals with poets
and poetry, poking fun at the serious
and somber attitude often expected of
Here, for example, is a line of wit
from his poem, "How to Choose a Muse."
My last muse ran off with a
monosyllabic hottie from
downtown Omaha. Yikes!
And here are lines from his poem, "Just
Found a Dream."
myself in Extended Care for
Patients' names are boldly
printed on each door:
Sonnet Surge Protector, Bard
Liquid Paper, Epic
Bayeaux mouse Pad. . . .Docs and
in off-white sheets of 32 lb.
Quality Laid Stonehenge
In his preface to the book, Marvin R.
Hiemstra encourages the reader "to read
this book aloud with all the love that
is within you." That sentence could
quite easily be revised to read, "with
all the laughter that is within you."
The last poem in the book, "Tell Them
You are In Rehab," is one of my
favorites. It provides ten steps for "a
poetry free life."
Here's Step Ten:
the clincher! Never forget,
never forget for one moment:
a poet always couplets alone.
book offers sheer joy. What else
could a reader desire?
—Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan