"Pocket Lint" is Arik Bjorn's first book of verse.
From the author's introduction:
"Language is my love. What if I weaved words through an abstract loom, and the aesthetic result resembled Babar hanging from a bent steel crane? That is the risk of poetry--of sin.
"I have no idea whether my poetry is good or bad, whether it’s worth the while of any reader. I know accomplished poets, yet I would never burden any of them with an invitation to write an introduction for this work. My verse deserves no vicar.
"As to title, why 'Pocket Lint' instead of, say, 'Slaying Pachyderms'? If I’m being honest with myself (what other approach to poetry is there?), what are harrying mammoths to me are perhaps just tucked-away dust bunnies to you. Language has survived many onslaughts, many sieges. Mine won’t be the last.
"Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I didn’t ask for these phantoms that only exit my head by way of nocturnal keyboard stabs. Poetry is also self-defense. Sometimes one sins to save oneself."
Arik Bjorn has published nine books. His most recent title, UBER NIGHTS, is about his late-night rideshare adventures in the Deep South. In South Carolina, you never know if your next passenger will be a naked lady with a toothbrush, a banana spider, or a punch-drunk redneck.
Arik Bjorn is a novelist, essayist, and poet, but most importantly, a dad. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity's efforts to-date). He also likes to honk at slowpokes.
Bjorn has published nine books. His most recent title, UBER NIGHTS, is about his late-night rideshare adventures in the Deep South. In South Carolina, you never know if your next passenger will be a naked lady with a toothbrush, a banana spider, or a punch-drunk redneck.
Bjorn has also published a novel, THE PRODIGAL, as well as three essay collections: WAITING FOR CIVILIZATION, THE R-RATED THEOLOGIAN, and WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PARROTS. He has one short story collection, BIRDS OF A FEATHER, as well as a book of verse, POCKET LINT.
SO I RAN FOR CONGRESS chronicles his experience running for U.S. Congress. SHOW & TELL AT WORLD'S END is a social media diary about life in South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He holds degrees in archaeology, ancient languages, and library science. He loves snow and hippos and enjoys retelling the story of how he was once shat upon by pigeons during Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and thereafter fled down the Via Dolorosa in search of a towel.
Bjorn is also the co-creator and co-host of the irreverent podcast, THE HATE NAPKIN, which is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor FM, Audible, YouTube & more.
To read more of Arik Bjorn's writings, visit his website, VIKINGWORD.COM--he is also active (and sometimes passive) on social media.
Poetry that seems autobiographical and first person your own experience, although I don't believe I was ever tempted to drop a book of philosophy in a roach while sitting on the can. I can attest....no elephants were harmed in the writing of this book of verse.