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Feel Happier in 9 Seconds

Feel Happier in 9 Seconds

By Linda Besner
Categories: Poetry
Paperback : 9781552453438, 88 pages, April 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770564954, 250 pages, April 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770564961, 250 pages, April 2017
Ebook (MobiPocket) : 9781770564978, 250 pages, April 2017

I learned the secret of serenity
by waterboarding daffodils.
My Buddha is landfill.
My mantra choked
from a bluebird’s neck.
It’s ruthless, the pursuit
of happiness. Eighteen
seconds have elapsed.

This collection is a universe where minimalism and maximalism work in harmony. Ethics, economics, glamour and alternative physics are just a few of the vehicles Besner uses in her jaundiced pursuit of knowledge and joy. At the collection’s core is a series of brilliantly illuminated poems patterned on a scientific study of synaesthesia and Fisher Price refrigerator magnets. Besner’s courageous comparisons and musicality provide the critical happiness we all need.

‘Brave art, raw not cooked, a pure pleasure to experience.’ – Globe and Mail

‘Besner's imagination doesn't appear to have an upper or outer limit – Reading her poems is a bad trip and a transformational experience.’ – Ken Babstock

‘Besner is one of the funniest poets writing in this country.’ – National Post