John Kenney’s quick little ‘Love Poems’ books have been a bright spot in my reading calendar over the last few years. While not quite a ‘poet’ Kenney never ceases to connect with his audience in an unexpected way.
I laughed out loud at a number of this poems over the years and have enjoyed giving these little books to friends and family throughout the years, especially for stocking stuffers. He has a wonderful comedic voice.
When this one came up for review, I was excited to read it because I know that he has rarely written a poem that I don’t find humor in, in at least one way or another. And these books are short and quick to read as they are poetry, you can easily pass some times quickly reading through this collection.
In the spirit of his Love Poems collections, as well as his wildly popular New Yorker pieces, New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney returns with a hilarious new collection of poetry–for office life.
With the same brilliant wit and biting realism that made Love Poems for Married People, Love Poems for People with Children, and Love Poems for Anxious People such hits, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection that tackles the hilarity of life in the office. From waiting in line for the printer and revising spreadsheet after spreadsheet, to lukewarm coffee, office politics, and the daily patterns of your most annoying–and lovable–coworkers, Kenney masterfully captures the warmth and humor of working the 9 to 5 in today’s modern era. (summary from Goodreads)
This collection of poems is geared toward corporate America and the traditional 9-5 jobs. While this collection might be geared toward ‘business people’, as an educator I still found humor and relatability in these poems and I think anyone who has worked with the public in any way, will find humor in many of these pages.
I think the most relatable poem in this book though was a compilation of poems about Zoom meetings. During a time when Zoom dominates not only work life but home lift and school lift, I think many of us can relate to the humor in the Zoom poems. They are so real and honest and 100% could happen to any of us. I was in a Zoom class for my per-schooler and one of the moms on the Zoom class was CHEWING her kid out and all of us were like ummmmmm mute? So when I read about the wife who yelled at her husband to get the kids out of the fucking room I laughed so hard recalling how awkward and uncomfortable those moments have been.
I think that Kenney has truly been blessed with wit and astute observations in a time when we sorely need humor at our present ‘work’ situations. I loved reading this book and laughing at all the work issues even if it didn’t pertain to me. I mean haven’t we all thought ‘this could have been an email’ while we were listening with our camera off to the Zoom meeting? I know I have and I just love all of Kenney’s humor and honesty at our present situation. This is a great gift to give your work colleagues and friends! They will no doubt find humor in these lines of poetry!
Book Info and Rating
Hardcover, 112 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN059319070X (ISBN13: 9780593190708)
Free review copy provided by publisher, Putnam, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: satire, non fiction, poetry