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Nice Hat. Thanks.

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Nice Hat. Thanks. is an innovative book based on the recorded improvised poetic collaborations between two award-winning poets, Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer. Nice Hat. Thanks. is a collection of transcriptions of these collaborations, with poems ranging from a few words to several pages.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Wave Books (first published September 16th 2002)
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Trey Harris
Mar 14, 2011 Trey Harris rated it it was amazing
really really really nice hat.
Eric T. Voigt Voigt
Apr 20, 2012 Eric T. Voigt Voigt rated it it was amazing
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I maintain: VERY funny. VERY good imagery. A charmingly designed book full of charmingly charming poems arranged in ways pleasing to the eye and written in ways pleasing to the mind. And I want more. Here is my favorite excerpt I did not laugh outwardly over:

"Before giants wandered Brooklyn a device for preventing wandering giants from Brooklyn wanderings stood centrally and proudly.
Our leaders perished.
Our device went to pieces.
Our beautiful neighborhood fell over onto another couple."

If you li
Jeremy Allan
Oct 15, 2008 Jeremy Allan rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
A fun book, and an even better tool for teaching creative writing to anyone, especially kids. Anyone trying to teach people to write creatively in collaboration simply must have this book. It's a winner.
Oct 25, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Collaborative poetry books can sometimes be iffy or feel compromised, but Beckman and Rohrer really know how to push each other in this format. Each line ups the ante.
Aug 19, 2008 Renee rated it it was amazing
The tone of this book collaboratively written by Matthew Rohrer and Joshua Beckman is just perfect. I'd love to write a little gem of a poetry book like this.
May 19, 2008 Christine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Rachel Zucker
A book that clearly started out as "two poets fucking around" and quickly took a path towards "poetic brilliance"
Mar 05, 2007 Kristina rated it really liked it
A book of poetry that was improvised by two authors - they finish each others sentences excellently.
May 06, 2011 uena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

"Never will your memories
repopulate your lunar beliefs."

--Nice Hat. Thanks.

Apr 28, 2007 Bobby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
all at once hilarious and beautiful.
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Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of six books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America ...more
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