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Yo, Bro! Belly Up To The Bar And Recite 'Broetry'

Bros like beer and sports.  But poetry?
Bros like beer and sports. But poetry?

"Broetryis poetry for dudes," Brian McGackin writes in the introduction to his new collection of poems. "It's poetry for people who don't like poetry."

Brian McGackin received his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Southern California. <em>Broetry</em> is his first collection of poems.
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Brian McGackin received his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Southern California. <em>Broetry</em> is his first collection of poems.

The slim volume draws inspiration from non-broets, McGackin tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. Even the cover poem mirrors the famous William Carlos Williams work, "This is Just to Say," which Williams wrote as a sort-of refrigerator note to his spouse, apologizing for eating plums left in their icebox.

"A lot of poets have broetic qualities," he says. "Robert Frost liked baseball; he wrote about sports. His poetry was always very accessible. Even Shakespeare — Shakespeare was just writing about chicks."

Broetryis divided into five loosely autobiographical sections: High School to Hangovers; Sophomoronic; Girls, Girls, Graduation; Extreme Poverty Is the New Poverty; and Twenty-Five to Life.

Each section contains a variety of sonnets, haikus, and rhyming and free-verse poems, including, "O Captain! My Captain America," "Ode to Taylor Swift," "On the Origin of Reese's" and "Why Do Buses Smell?"

"If you think you don't like poetry, you just haven't found a poem that's right for you," McGackin says. "Broetryis poetry that's right for you. Broetryis a literary chili cheeseburger."

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