MY FRIENDS’ BOOKS ARE THE BEST BOOKS!
This year, I totally dug this poetry collection by Mike Spry. His work is real, about a drinker named Jack and his elusive lady Jane. According to the rad publisher, Snare Books, “JACKis a collection about loss, and how its various speakers deal with loss through addiction. Whether that addiction is alcohol, drugs, sex, love, or an inability to deny the past, these are narrative poems that reconsider the method in which the desperate periphery manage the minutiae of existence.” Buy this for your cynical bro who used to write poems, but at some point changed his mind to think that poetry didn’t relate to his life any more. In the card, write the words, “See! It relates!”