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Blue Wizard Is About To Die!: Prose, Poems, and Emoto-Versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games (1980-2003)
     

Blue Wizard Is About To Die!: Prose, Poems, and Emoto-Versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games (1980-2003)

by Seth Fingers Flynn Flynn Barkan, Warren Wucinich (Illustrator)
 
The first collection of poetry about video games ever published, Blue Wizard takes you on a psychotic and hilarious tour through the arcade and console games of the Eighties.

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The first collection of poetry about video games ever published, Blue Wizard takes you on a psychotic and hilarious tour through the arcade and console games of the Eighties.

Editorial Reviews

Marc Polonsky
There is insight, humor, irony, and humanity to be found in these pages... If you were an Eighties arcade kid like Barkan, chances are you'll find resonance here. If you weren't, you might derive a thoughtful chuckle or three anyway.
Fearless Reviews (author of The Poetry Reader's Toolkit)
Ryan G. Van Cleave
Though Barkan portrays the 1980's as the golden era of gaming, there is a sadness here beyond the nostalgia, irony and humor that might ultimately prove to be an adept metaphor for life itself... Barkan deftly articulates his experiences... For poetry readers who prefer academic writers like Robert Pinsky or Jorie Graham, there's certainly more than a few poems in this collection for you... fans of Charles Bukowski or edgy avant-garde poetry [won't be disappointed either]... You get a lot of bang for your poetry buck with this book (witness 146 pages of poetry), a veritable potpourri of well-illustrated pop-culture poems... Surprisingly, much of the nostalgia factor this book provides comes not from the poems themselves, but the ultra-comprehensive appendices at the end of the book, which include website resources, suggested readings, an annotated list of golden oldie video games, and [more]... For the price of a handful of quarters, Barkan brings it all back to you with linguistic pyrotechnics that remind us of those addictive but cheesy side-scrolling games.
Chiron Review author of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind The Scenes, editor of The Longman Anthology of Poetry, and co-editor of Like Thunder, and American Diaspora (University of Iowa Press)
Ernie Halal
"...[after reading Wizard] some of us gamers will find we enjoy poetry more than we thought possible. Maybe we just needed the right kind.
Gaming-Age
Heather Newman
A romp to read... poignant and funny.
The Detroit Free Press
Game Informer Magazine
If you've spent any amount of time with the titles covered [in the book], there are few things funnier in this universe.
Gerry Tritz
A perfect diversion.
Jefferson City News Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974100005
Publisher:
Immelman, Rusty Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.39(d)

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David Allen Evans
The poems tend to stand alone, [even] if read without reference to video games.
Poet Laureate of South Dakota

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