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People Who Don't Know Me Think I'm Somebody

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People Who Don’t Know Me Think I’m Somebody’ is a booklet of 40 poems, originally released as a digital collection on In these stark, witty poems, the poet examines the influence of technology on his identity.
Saddle-stitched, 17 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by On Lives Press
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Robert Zimmermann
Jan 06, 2012 Robert Zimmermann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I received this book of poems in the mail today, after winning a giveaway for it here on Good Reads. Even if I ended up hating the poems inside after reading them, I know that I'd have something good to say about the book. That things is that the book itself was the envelope. It was amusing and resourceful of Mike Parish. The stamp and my address were on the blank back page and a clear sticker sealed it from opening. Not only is this a fun way to advertise to anyone in the mail rooms interested ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
We got the copy of "People Who..." a few days ago. We both love it! It's hard for me to love poetry, but this isn't so much "poetry" as it is stream of consciousness in a cropped and orderly fashion. One of the greatest things about this home-printed and snail-mailed copy is how you receive it in the first place. Black and white, laser-printer or ink-jet copy, sealed with one of those little white mail tabs that you have to break open, hand-written address and an "Up" stamp. All marked up and ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is unlike any poetry I've ever read before, but in a good way. This little piece of literature was the "pick me up" that I needed after a long day at work. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the short pieces in this book, and also being quite surprised at how deep and thoughtful the author could be. Number 17 was a real thought provoker. Couldn't agree more with number 29. My favorite was number 30, and I hope the store manager of my local Barnes and Noble doesn't read this. I hope ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
I won this book from GoodReads. Very fast shipping. It was suppose to arrive in Feb. sometime but it came 4 weeks early! It definately made my day! The poems had me giggle because I could relate to some of the poems. I think I'll definately share this book with my family and close friends. Thank you, Mike Parish!
Jul 10, 2013 Patty rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-poetry
My New Title for this Work:
“People Who Don't Know Mike Parish Don't Think About Mike Parish”
I decided that the only way to do this justice is to evaluate each poem individually. Some reviews will make more sense than others. Some will be witty, thought provoking and some will be downright stupid and/or silly because I won't be able to think about anything clever to say, (in which case the problem lies with the poem and not my cleverness or wit!) Also, you will probably see a lot of the follow
Jan 19, 2012 Ie rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry, 2012
This is probably something meta-, but I only say that to make myself believe this guy deserves a little credit. I do see signs: the super trashy language; the bored guy persona, who had too much inspiration to write forty "random thoughts", and too much balls to make a poetry book (and website) out of it, instead of just putting everything on Twitter.

I don't intend to belittle Twitter. I use it everyday. But as a social platform, I do find that it perfectly serves that narcissistic need to repor
Amber Ditullio
People Who Don't Know Me Think I'm Somebody is another win from GoodReads First reads. By the title, I wasn't sure what to expect of it - depression poetry? Existentialism? Randomness? Well, it was a bit closer to the last.

But what it wasn't, at least by my definition, was poetry. Instead, it seemed more like random thoughts, posts to Twitter or Facebook, brief glimpses into the mind of the reader. As I read the thoughts written, I had the feeling that I was reading the thoughts of teenager, dea
Jan 09, 2012 Margaret rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Slackers
I wasn't really sure what to make of this, um, "book" which I received fro Goodreads Firstreads. I have always loved poetry, reading it and writing it. I read through this collection a couple of times ( easy to do, as it is so short) and just didn't get it. Is this guy for real? I finally had my son, a physicist and award-winning poet read it, hoping that maybe he saw something I didn't. Here's what he said: " It seemed like it was written by an older, more capable poet writing from the ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I didn't know what to expect from this....I have read a lot of poetry, and there are so many different types and viewpoints. When this came in the mail, I thought it was so creative! It seemed like regular mail, but when I flipped it over it was the poems!! Very nice...showed a lot of effort on Mr. Parish's part.

On to the poems:
At first glance, these poems seem kinda....dumb. They are like thought tidbits written down from the depths of someone's mind. Not at all what I would have thought of as
Feb 10, 2012 Cliff rated it did not like it
You know, I can tell that the author has potential to be a good poet. I've never read anything else of his, so I don't know any more than that. But this book sounded like it could have been written by any 15-25 year old who was trying too hard to sound cool by being forceably casual. Very little of it is moving or interesting or memorable. Poem #'s 17, 23, 27, 29, and the first four lines of 39 were the only ones that had poetry in them. They were contained thoughts written as if the author ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Nawnee rated it it was ok
Recommended to Nawnee by: contest
Shelves: freebie-books
This book of poems brought to mind the movie, "So I Married an Ax Murderer", I kept waiting to hear bongo's playing in the background or some other beatnik music where they wear berets and meet at coffee houses. Some of it did make me laugh, but mostly it was like no other poetry I have actually read and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. I'm still trying to figure out if it was meant to be funny or serious. It closely resembled someone's status up date on facebook you know just random ...more
Jul 25, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway Program.

I tend to judge at poetry like people judge art. Everyone has different tastes. Some people enjoy Picasso's cubism works, while others cannot stand it. I am part of the latter. Therefore, I rated this book low solely because it isn't necessarily my taste is poetry. That being said, it doesn't mean that everyone else will feel the same way.

The subject matter is definitely interesting, which is what drew me to this collection
Jul 27, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, poetry
I won this through First Reads.

I have to say that when I read the first page I was convinced this was a joke. After reading all of it, I don't see it as poetry at all; however, like with most things considered art, style and format are up to the discretion of the creator.

The poems were more like little snippets of Mike Parish's outlook on things as well as some that were simple ideas that must have just popped into his head while he was writing. I gave it 4 stars because, quite honestly, it was
Apr 19, 2012 Bernadette rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, poetry
I won a copy of this little books of poems through Goodreads' First Reads program. I've been more interested in poetry over the last couple of years, but am no avid poetry reader. I found this collection quirky and entertaining - and a quick read! The writing - or poetic rants - focused a lot on the use of social media and the Internet, which coincidentally, went along quite well with the themes of the young adult book I just finished reading (Extras by Scott Westerfeld). So, as a teacher, I ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Judy rated it it was ok
Short pieces reflect the author in self-reflection, often considering how he is thought of by others. The title piece, and the title itself, tell a great deal about the image created in the work as a whole. Mr. Parish observes himself and his image closely, not deeply. This may be taken as commentary on the flimsy nature of modern human/electronic interface interaction, or on the flimsy nature of the self-images cultivated in an environment where the interactions between and among electronic ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Debra rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I don't believe this is poetry, it's either a joke or an from what I read in these an attempt to become famous for something,'s lazy, boring, and bad. There is way too much talk of the rich and how the Author isnt one of them, you can tell he wants money and fame but lacks the talent. It is labeled above as being "saddle-stitched" but it is printed off from a computer on paper and stapled together with a picture on the front and the mailing address and stamp on the back. Not a book ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Jan 11, 2012 Kim Heimbuch rated it liked it
Rambling, Obscure, and Hipster all come to mind while I read through the poems. At first I asked myself if this guy was serious or trying to come off as the next big thing, such as 'Sh*t my father says' or some hipster blog.I settled on Hipster. Like Facebook and Twitter, this book of poems read out like status updates, but oddly enough were amusing enough to keep me reading, even chuckling at times. Although quite random of a read for poetry, I would recommend others read it, as it is thought ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Sabrina rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this chapbook through Goodreads and received it in the mail today. It almost seems like Mr. Parish sat down on his computer and wrote the entire thing in one sitting. It's not really poetry; More prose about every day things. But I did enjoy reading it, and if there were parts that I didn't laugh at, I smiled through them. I especially liked #5. I will share it with my friends. He can die a happy man.
Jul 29, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
I received this short collection of thoughts from Goodreads Firstreads, and it took me about 10 minutes to read it. I don't mind that it's short, and I think the author should continue to write - this "poetry" collection was that funny, true, or honest in spots. Unfortunately, the author at times puts things down that he's a part of (e.g., tumblr) and puts down his own writing on several occasions. If the author doesn't think it's good, why should we read it?
Oct 29, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
This collection is a quirky glimpse of our modern world, told with a witty slant and in an interesting voice. The individual pieces display both self-awareness and self-consciousness, without pretension or posing, and they create their own niche in a world filled with innumerable digital voices. I could see myself, and most of the people I know, between the lines, which made for an entertaining experience.

This collection was won from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads Program.
Jan 23, 2012 Billie rated it it was amazing
These poems grow on you.

At first I was just standing by the side of the road watching what was happening to Mike.

But I realized after I read them all that I was there; I was in the parade with Mike, and I don't know how that happenned.

Recommended to those who want to explore poetry.

Easy read and recommended
Jun 22, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it
I won this book from goodreads frist reads. Like all poetry some I related to others not so much. Since it's about the internet and about learning who you are then their is a lot to relate to. I liked it and read some of it out loud to people in my house the day I read it because I thought it was that good.
Jan 11, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I thought it was great! It is about making a name for yourself in the technology age. There have been many times I have asked myself some of those same questions!

Received through the first reads program. It was wonderful. Thanks! Now I am going to have to tell my friends about it on facebook!! Lol! :)
Mar 03, 2012 LeAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Nothing thought provoking or melodic. It is a satire on the internet age and social media. The poems seemed more like status updates than poems, and some of them seemed more like sentences (or a sentence) than poems. It wasn't extremely creative. I like poetry; this didn't scream poetry to me.
Jan 17, 2012 Annemarie rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
The poems in this collection were so honest and refreshing I found myself rereading them over and over again, each time loving them a little more than the last. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who grew up on the verge of the "Internet Age" and wants a clever, thoughtful and lovely quick read.
Brice B.
Jan 23, 2012 Brice B. rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. It's very short and sweet (though not deep). Won't stand out in a crowd, either, I'm afraid, yet that seems like the type of thing--too much public recognition--the author would feel funny about, anyway.
Feb 01, 2012 Ash rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-a-copy
These poems were . . . man, I don't even know. They offered up nothing to me, I found most boring or just plain poorly written. Luckily, they were short so I didn't waste a lot of time reading them.
Jan 09, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok
I won this book on Goodreads. While reading this book, I did not know whether Mike took himself seriously, or the joke is on us. Some of his reflections are poignant - but I do not consider this poetry... more like posts on FB or twitter. And, maybe that's just the point!
Jan 18, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
I recieved the "People Who Don't Know Me Think I'm Somebody" booklet today in the mail. It is a very insightful.. and amusing booklet of poems. The best of luck to you and your future writings!
Thanks Mike Parish!
May 01, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

Not bad, I just wish this booklet would have held up better during shipping, the ripped and crumpled pages make it hard to read.
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