"When you're dumb enough for long enough, you're gonna meet someone too smart to love you, and they're gonna love you anyway, and it's gonna go so poorly," Neil Hilborn writes in his debut full-length collection, OUR NUMBERED DAYS. In 2013, Hilborn's poem "OCD" went viral, and has amassed over 11 million views to date. While this collection ruminates on love, heartbreak, and mental illness, these poems are anything but saccharine. Hilborn uses the same humor and self-deprecation that propelled "OCD" to success in order to make his unmatched vulnerability all the more powerful. Ultimately, Hilborn is a poet of the people: his work is accessible, honest, and entertainingâ€”a revitalizing entry in contemporary poetry.
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About the Author
Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College. In 2013 his poem "OCD" went viral, garnering over eleven million views to date, making it one of the most-viewed poems on YouTube. He has performed in 39 states and 4 countries, and in 2015 alone he traveled more than 50,000 miles to perform his poetry. Originally from Houston, Texas, he now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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Our Numbered Days based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Look, I went into this book thinking every poem would have the same weight and presence as ocd or liminality (which I saw in videos) but quite frankly some of the wording that he uses leads to confusing imagery. I get the concept of abstract poetry, but literally most of this could be summed up as, "I want to kill myself, (wink), but not really." That is to say, not that I didn't enjoy a lot of it, it just seemed like a lot of it was just a bunch of abstract ideas sort of Jackson Pollocked onto a page. But, I mean, he's the best seller here so what do I know?
Though I do love the writer's work, I was hoping it would be just a collection of his work rather than some other things thrown in there. I only got into 5 of the poems and the rest was just random.
Will stick with you. Wish the "book" had contained more, not even 70 pages.