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My Therapist Said

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
These poems have the same deadpan hysteria and ring of truth to them as Hal's Mother Said poems; and Hal's therapist does not seem much more sane than Mom. Also included are some "Mother Said, " "Father Said, " and "My Girlfriend Said" poems, providing plenty of material for the patient on the couch. My Therapist Said is full of advice, some of it sage, some of it absurd.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published June 7th 1999 by Crown (first published January 1st 1998)
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Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pure-poetry
This go-round with Hal's poetry was nowhere near as enjoyable as Mother Said, Father Said: Poems, or even Before, During, and After: Poems.

Chuckles were few and far between, though here are a few I liked:

Freedom Means Nothing to Lose

When you knew your father was dying,
my therapist said, you thought if you
got married it'd please him. So
you got into some painful relationships.
You were ready to get married
until you got dropped. But now
that he's dead you're free. You don't
have to marry anyone. You
Girl Underground
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My god, Hal--you're friggin' hilarious. I'm glad this is the book I chose to read through NaPoWriMo (re-read, really, since this is about my third time through) , but once I started, I couldn't stop. Easy, accessible, hilarious--may not be your poet's poet, but you're my kind of poet.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another volume in the life of Sirowitz and his interactions with the main people in his life, always funny in a dark way as well as sprinkled with tidbits of truth, wisdom, and philosophy.
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
These poems are both hilarious and insightful. Wonderful
Really funny and kind of sad at the same time. It's a poetry collection that reads a bit like a novel. I liked it!
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Shelves: american, poetry
This makes me sad in a strange way. Although, I have to admit that I laughed throughout the entire book.
Really liked it and his writing style is very similar to Erlend Loe's. Recommended quick-read!
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Nothing less than first-rate tea bag philosophy.
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Hal Sirowitz has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship is a 2003-2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. In 2001, Sirowitz was named Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. His poems have been widely anthologized in collections such as Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems and in Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast. He has performed on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS’s Poetry Heaven ...more
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“Lending Out Books

You're always giving, my therapist said.
You have to learn how to take. Whenever
you meet a woman, the first thing you do
is lend her your books. You think she'll
have to see you again in order to return them.
But what happens is, she doesn't have the time
to read them, & she's afraid if she sees you again
you'll expect her to talk about them, & will
want to lend her even more. So she
cancels the date. You end up losing
a lot of books. You should borrow hers.”
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