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Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie

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"Charming, funny, and often elegant. This is a formidable collection." —Ben Fama

With an alternating sense of wonder and detachment, Jay Ritchie's first full-length collection of poetry grapples with death, disappointment, love, alienation, and emails—the large and small subjects of daily life. His unflagging sense of humor and aphoristic delivery create a work that is pers
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Coach House Books
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Dov Zeller
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, slim collection of poems by a wonderful, inventive, serious and seriously charming young poet. In his conversational and observational work he finds a compelling balance between philosophical gravity and delightful absurdity. At least on the surface. But there are many secret passageways leading to places least expected (often because they are willfully mundane.)

The first poem has Clarice Lispector in the title. That's one way to get me interested in a book. With lines like "I might
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jo ianni
If your conviction expires Jay Ritchie understands. You read him because few poets can express the artistic merit of the copy on a Lululemon or a Starbuck's cup and then go on saying things like "masculinity wouldn't let me/say, I need help", "I can imagine a better world./I'm a good fit for this position." Three Cheers for Jay Ritchie! Hip-hip... Okay, that's enough.

Ariana
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I’ve been reviewing a lot of poetry recently, so I will start off with my usual disclaimer—poetry is an incredibly personal experience that is unique to each reader, and it is extremely hard to review. What works for someone might not for another, and unfortunately, I happen to fall in the latter category for this particular collection. And from what I’ve been seeing, I h
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