“If poetry was basketball, Ryan Clark’s humor would be a flawless ankle breaking crossover move. If you’ve heard his all-star work you already know ‘he’s got game!’ This book is well worth the price of admission.” – Frank X Walker, author of Affrilachia and Buffalo Dance ***** “I have to pee. Bad.” So begins “American Standard,” a poem about a teenage boy who wants to grow up, but isn’t quite ready. Welcome to Ryan Clark’s world. Known for his sly wit and entertaining journalistic style, Clark fills his first book of poetry with a mixture of gut-busting humor, tear-jerking anecdotes and expertly crafted historical fiction. Follow Clark as he spins tall tales about the Devil, Exorcists and his own young daughter. Read his rants about negative people, teenagers who text too much, and the information that baby classes conveniently do not teach. But pay attention as Clark gets serious too. He devotes one section of the book to the most controversial political scandal of our time. Poems are told from, among other perspectives, that of a stained dress, an eager microphone, and an idealistic young campaign volunteer. Clark’s first book of poetry is sure to be remembered.
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