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


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.
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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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974100005
  • Publisher: Immelman, Rusty Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Intro Cinema
Mario 1
Things I've Learned 2
Things I've Experienced 3
Bushido Blade 8
Crazy Taxi 12
Karnov 14
Fire Show 15
Kid Icarus 18
Paperboy 24
Sinistar 25
3D 28
Shareware 30
Doom 31
Quake 32
Lag 33
Meditations On Murder 36
Mario In Exile 38
Half-Life 40
The Mega Man Haikus 47
A Good Walk Spoiled 48
Smoking Light Guns 52
Dragon's Lair 56
Mario Vs. The Punk Rock Hero 59
Joust 63
Interesting Concept 67
A Very Special Message From Major Havoc 71
Astrosmash 72
Missile Command 73
Bubble Bobble 74
Midway 75
Pac Man 76
Defender 77
Boss Encounters 78
Cocktail Mode 83
Counter-Strike (Or: Black Elvis) 85
Skookie Sprite 86
Living Room Ballet (A Tragedy) 89
Oregon Trail 90
Manifest Destiny 92
Kage 93
The Long Night of The Law 94
Fists of Fury 100
Bondage 101
The Lay of the Lan 103
Smash TV 104
Haven't Played In Years 112
My Afterlife 113
Appendix A Immortals 119
Appendix B126
Appendix C Grue Hunting 127
Appendix D References 129
Appendix E Resources 142
All Your Base 144
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