With his signature wit and hilarious realism, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on one of the most common feelings in our day-and-age: anxiety. Kenney covers it all, from awkward social interactions and insomnia to nervous ticks and writing and rewriting that email. Kenney’s poems are perfect for anyone who can relate to the feeling of anxiety…and who can’t today? Kenney has perfected the humorous poetic form to poke fun at the experience in a thoughtful, funny way that begs to be shared.
New York Times Bestselling Author of
LOVE POEMS FOR ANXIOUS PEOPLE
Read an excerpt from Love Poems for Anxious People on NewYorker.com
It started out simple enough.
A brief search.
Which I spelled wrong
and now realize is a district in India
as well as the Dutch slang
for a very bad word
and also, somehow, cancer.
Which led me to a site that linked
canker sores to cold sores
showing how oral cancer lesions
can mimic an open canker sore
symptoms of which include
mouth pain and difficulty swallowing
both of which I suddenly had
as I followed a link to
the definition of head and neck cancer
which I did not know was a thing
nor did I realize I was now at risk of it
as a result of my mouth lesion/kanker/cancer sore
which often causes
resulting in blindness, lack of motor function,
and complete sexual dysfunction.
Which is good to know.
Then I looked up an earache I was having.
And it turns out I have two months to live.
Or possibly a head cold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collections Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children, and the novels Talk to Me and Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has worked for many years as a copywriter. He has also been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1999. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.