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Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry

by Sara Bynoe

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I fully confess that I am the dubious owner of a thick black book full of angst ridden poetry from my younger days. This book brought that all back and made me laugh at how serious I used to be. A relatively slim volume filled with poems about love, life, death and the other oh-so-important subjects that plague teens it is a fun read. I did cringe at a few points as it reminded me how unoriginal I was even though at the time I thought that I was the only one who ever felt that way! It was great to see others thought the same and that as adults we can laugh at the turmoil we were in back then. The only negative points I had was that I felt a little too old to relate to the specific posts surrounding famous people or sexual activity (I swear we weren't as active when we were that age - thus probably illustrating further denial on my part)as these were mostly written by people still in school in the 90's. ( )
  kanata | Apr 11, 2010 |
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Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry is the first, the best, and the biggest collection of teen angst poetry ever to be published. Inspired by the popularity of her interactive website, editor Sara Bynoe has compiled the definitive teen angst reader. Divided into 12 categories, including I am Alone and No One Understands My Pain and Obvious Metaphors, this book is for anyone who has ever written truly terrible, meditative, or self-indulgent poetry. Actually, this book is for anyone who survived being a teenager.

All of the poets featured in this collection are now adults, living happy, angst-free lives. However, for this special book, they are willing to reveal excerpts from their old tattered notebooks or leather bound journals. Along with the poems, each poet has included a short introduction, giving background information for each work. As Sara Bynoe says, looking back on teen angst poetry brings people together in a "poetry reading meets stand-up comedy meets AA" sort of way.

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