The Dead Wrestler Elegies

The Dead Wrestler Elegies

by W. Todd Kaneko


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The Dead Wrestler Elegies by W. Todd Kaneko

These elegies and illustrations by Asian American poet W. Todd Kaneko cover themes of loss, love, regret, redemption, and remorse. Kaneko's poems and illustrations blend Charles Bukowski's raw-boned verse and Randy "Macho Man" Savage's devastating elbow drop to mine the history of professional wrestling and examine complex relationships between fathers and sons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940430249
Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 871,528
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

W. Todd Kaneko is from Seattle, Washington. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review, Lantern Review, NANO Fiction, The Collagist, Blackbird, The Huffington Post, Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and has received fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and Kundiman. He is an associate editor for DMQ Review. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the writer Caitlin Horrocks.

Table of Contents



It All Began with Strangler Lewis
Bronko Nagurski Beat Lou Thesz That Night
Tonight, Dick the Bruiser
Be More Like Sputnik Monroe
Johnny Valentine Wanted to Fight the Crusher
How I Know Stanislaus Zbyszko
Judy Grable Makes a Living
The Nature Boy Buddy Rogers is History


Gorgeous George Was the Human Orchid
Killer Kowalski and the Cauliflower Ear
Stan Stasiak Was World Champion for Nine Days
Behind Every Man is Sensational Sherri
Big John Studd Lost the Bodyslam Challenge
Flowers for Adrian Adonis
Polaroid of You and Jack Brisco
This is a Test
Every Night, the Super Destroyer
Long Live the King of Hearts
That Night the Big Boss Man was Hanged


Bad News Brown Says You Don’t Have to Worry
Crusher Blackwell Says There’s Something You Should See
You Are Looking at Dr. Death
Gorilla Monsoon, Anything
Captain Lou Albano Says He Is the Guiding Light
Ernie Ladd Explains What Kind of Man You Are
The Missing Link Explains How to Be a Monster
Crippler Ray Stevens Doesn’t Have to Say Anything
Bruiser Brody Finishes This Thing


Junkyard Dog on a Saturday Night
The Grand Wizard of Wrestling Can Make You a Man
Autograph from Eddie Gilbert
Here Lies Hercules Hernandez
Playboy Buddy Rose Knows How Much He Weighs
Ravishing Rick Rude is Still the Sexiest Man
Miss Elizabeth Said “Oh Yeah”
Luna Vachon is Your Shadow in the Darkness
That Night the Fabulous Moolah Finally Lost Her Championship
June Byers Knows What a Woman Wants
The Macho Man’s Last Elbow Drop


Chief Jay Strongbow Knows All About the Sleeper Hold
Where There’s Blood, There’s Freddie Blassie
Rikidozan Was Big in Japan
Men Like the British Bulldog
Gordon Solie Calls the Action
Ain’t No Yard Can Hold Mad Dog Sawyer
The Sheik Likes to Hurt People
Sorrow for Woman
Heart of the Texas Tornado
Hawk Leaves Animal Behind
Selected Legends of Andre the Giant


Paul Bearer Says We Are All Alone
New Hunting Grounds for Wahoo McDaniel
A Box for Yokozuna
A Man is not an Earthquake
We Do Not Want to Believe There is a Place in Hell
Mr. Perfect Is What He Says He Is
You Cannot Stand Against Giant Baba
Eddie Guerrero’s Last Frog Splash
Gene Kiniski Says It’s Not the End

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