16th out of 25 books — 5 voters
Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry
by Sara Bynoe
Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry is the first, the best, and the biggest collection of teen angst poetry ever to be published. Inspired by the popularity of her interactive website, editor Sara Bynoe has compiled the definitive teen angst reader. Divided into 12 categories, including I am Alone and No One Understands My Pain and Obvious Metaphors, this book i...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 2005)
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I fully confess that I am the dubious owner of a thick black book full of angst ridden poetry from my younger days. This book brought that all back and made me laugh at how serious I used to be. A relatively slim volume filled with poems about love, life, death and the other oh-so-important subjects that plague teens it is a fun read. I did cringe at a few points as it reminded me how unoriginal I was even though at the time I thought that I was the only one who ever felt that way! It was great...more
By far and away my favorite book of poetry. I've never been one to really get into prose, which is probably why I love this self-indulgent bullshit so much. The things that were important when you're a teen are just so insane when you sit back and think about it now it's almost unbelievable. These poems really demonstrate that fact so vividly. Not just the whining and complaining, but the genuine pain we all felt at some point are all so well illustrated that it brings back all those emotions an...more
Why five stars? Because it has caused such total amusement and reflection from myself, my family, and friends. Oh, oh, oh, such BAD poetry is in this collection. But reading it out loud will bring you back to when all those intense emotions needed some kind of outlet. The best part of the book is the little blurb before each poem from the now-adult author trying to remember why they wrote it all those years ago.
A funny, funny book.
A funny, funny book.