by Brian McGackin


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As contemporary poets sing the glories of birds and birch trees, regular guys are left scratching their heads. Who can speak for Everyman? Who will articulate his love for Xbox 360, for Mama Celeste’s frozen pizza, for the cinematic oeuvre of Bruce Willis? 

Enter Broetry—a stunning debut from a dazzling new literary voice. “Broet Laureate” Brian McGackin goes where no poet has gone before—to Star Wars conventions, to frat parties, to video game tournaments, and beyond. With poems like “Ode to That Girl I Dated for, Like, Two Months Sophomore Year” and “My Friends Who Don’t Have Student Loans,” we follow the Bro from his high school graduation and college experience through a “quarter-life crisis” and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594745171
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 554,984
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 5.14(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Brian McGackin has degrees from Emerson College and the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. This is his first book.

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Broetry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
Broetry is a funny and engaging book of poetry that take on contemporary manly topics, from the perils of Craigslist, an “Ode to Taylor Swift,” and both Star Trek and Star Wars. The poems are often funny, clever, and generally express sympathy for what your English professor referred to as “the human condition.” The poems are divided up by headings which reflect the range of concerns common to young men/”bros” everywhere: High School to Hangovers, Sophomoronic, Girls, Girls, Graduation, Extreme Poverty Is The New Poverty, and Twenty-Five to Life. As such, it would make an excellent gift for any unsure young men in your life, especially those who majored somewhere in the liberal arts. Given its light touch, easy readability, and delightful commentary on contemporary living, Broetry may be the only poetry book I’ve actually read cover-to-cover, but I also appreciated that it helped me feel like I’m not the only one still trying to figure out life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, but the "broems" are really smart, too.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian McGackin's short poetry compilation Boetry is a funny take on being a "Bro" and all that entails from a cheeky, occasional mock up of previous classical poems to funny new dedications/observations on popular culture and young adulthood. The mix of college drama, popular superheroes, and single-guy angst was pretty funny to read and had me sharing them with some of the guys I work with. Having said that, I don't think you have to be a single guy to enjoy these poems; they are light-hearted and funny and can be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of humor about contemporary society.This little book of poetry is very much a satirical look at young adulthood and popular culture. Yes, there is some strong language and references to drinking, but it's a Bro's view on his life! For the audience and purpose in the poetry, I got a good laugh and think a few of my coworkers have picked up their own copy as well. I really enjoyed this little collection of poems and can pretty much open it up at any time and get a good chuckle. Besides, who said poetry had to be serious and philosophical all the time? Where would we be without a good satire to highlight things in our society we don't always readily recognize. Check it out!
StephaniePetty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book of poetry for "bros" is absolutely hilarious! McGackin uses true poetry-writing skills and techniques and applies them to popular topics among college-age guys. Naturally, there is plenty of material about sex, drinking, and being broke (isn't that what college is all about?), and he also pulls quite a lot of material from popular culture (superheroes, action movies, classical music, and World of Warcraft, just to name a few). The major social networking websites are all properly represented, as well. Nowhere else will you find such entertaining poetry. McGackin's Broetry breathes life into the embers of the ebbing art of poetry, tailoring it to those coming-of-age in the 21st century. He writes about life as college-age kids see and experience it, throws in witticisms and just a dash of foul language, and there you have it- Broetry. I would recommend anyone read this as it's a welcome relief from the stuffy poetry of previous generations and is guaranteed to keep you laughing from beginning to end. I give it five out of five stars and look forward to future publications from Brian McGackin.