Sanibel Joe's Songbook

 

"No more poems on death, not one word on growing old..." Joe Pacheco begins his latest collection, Sanibel Joe's Songbook, with a promise to include only "the thrill and sweep of the glad-to-be-alive fourth quarter/ play by delicious play". His journey through the American "songscape" fashions parodies and poems into social and political commentary on life in past and present America without ever losing his wry humorous octogenarian perspective. A versatile verse virtuoso, Pacheco is at home with all the forms of poetry: sonnets, villanelles, ballads, rondeaus, blank verse, rap and even the Middle Eastern ghazal. Sanibel Joe's Songbook provides the fans of Joe Pacheco's poetry column and readers everywhere with accessible, illuminating and entertaining poems that embody his oft-stated poetic philosophy: "Poetry is fun!"

Take Fun Seriously

 

"For many years I envied people who really knew how to have fun. I had reached a point where I didn't know how to let go, loosen up and have fun. I knew I needed a serious overhaul. I looked around for a manual like Fun for Dummies and couldn't find one. So, I started looking for smiles, listening for laughter, and telling myself to Take Fun Seriously." Jim Gustafson speaks from the soul to entertain, educate, and enlighten his readers with this collection of powerful insights, witty prose, and heartfelt sympathy for the human condition.

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