Review: Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney

Poetry isn’t really my genre. Something about it always makes me feel so inadequate and most of it just seems to go over my head. I do have a few poems (and when I say a few I mean like 4) that I like but by and large, poetry just isn’t for me.

This book showed up for review about three weeks ago and the minute I tore it open, I was literally laughing so hard. The poems in this book are perfect for married couples. If you have been married—even for a couple of months—this book will resonate with you.

I have been married for fifteen years and we just had our first child two years ago—-and this book of poetry literally spoke to me in a way that no other ‘mommy and marriage’ article on the web could possible come close to. 


First published on Valentine’s Day in 2016, John Kenney’s collection of poems for married people quickly became one of the most shared New Yorker pieces of all time. Full of hilarious wit, dynamic energy, and a heavy dose of reality, these poems took the seminal genre and turned it upside down and left to dry in the dishwasher.

The original selection, featuring a range of topics from parental gripes to dwindling sex lives, is a perennial favorite, skyrocketing to the top of the New Yorker‘s most-shared list each year, and now Kenney is writing a collection of new poems that dig even deeper into what it’s like to be married to the person you love (summary from Goodreads).

Here is an example of one of the poems listed along with the summary:

I was almost feeling fondness for you
As you gave me a shoulder massage at the sink–
What a small, lovely surprise.
And then you grabbed my boobs and made a “wha-wha” noise.
In an instant, I felt disgust and sadness and regret.


This collection of poetry was a delight to read. The poems were funny, real, and short. I read this book in one sitting and laughed more times than I can count.

I read a few of the poems outlaid to my husband, who also omitted a chuckle on a regular basis.

This collection is geared more toward the 30 something demographic (in my opinion) and for those couples that have maybe been married a little longer than six months, however, I think that any married couple (or couple in general) will find something to giggle about in this book. There are little jabs about life with kids, sex life, and of course one of the people not listening to the other.

The poems were so real and honest which was such a draw as a reader. I could relate to so many of them. This is a book that could be read by women or men and each would find something amusing about it. Highly recommend this book, especially with Valentines Day coming up, this would make for a perfect little gift for your significant other.

Book Info and Rating

  • Hardcover, 112 pages
    Published December 31st 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
    ISBN0525540008 (ISBN13: 9780525540007)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review. Review copy provided free of charge by G.P. Putnam 

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Poetry

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5 thoughts on “Review: Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney

  1. I’ve only read one post and I’m already in love with your poetic soul and your stream of consciousness writing. So beautiful. Thank you for putting your authentic self out there for us to celebrate. If you get a chance I would love it if you checked my blog out, I feel that it would resonate with you! Looking forward to reading more!💕

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