Poetry 3.0 – How We Are Human by Luke Armstrong

A Book of Poetry for the Digital Generation

Like Groucho Marx who didn’t want to belong to a club that would have him as a member, Luke Armstrong doesn’t subscribe to an arcane poetic mindset that repels readers and embraces the obscure.

Luke’s disdain for the arcane is evident in his recently published book of poems, How We Are Human, in which his masterful use of language is eloquent and simple, musical and metaphorical, yet blunt at times when the material requires a heavy-handed approach.

In How We Are Human, Luke explores the humanity in himself as well as others. Luke, a humanitarian at heart and in practice, directed the health and educational development organization Nuestros Ahijados for four years in Guatemala, combating infant malnutrition.

Inspired by his travels, relationships and family, his grandmother in particular, who was also a poet, How We Are Human is warm and insightful, playful and serious, but always entertaining and thought-provoking, a lyrical book of poems that focuses on the thread that connects us to each other as well as the world around us.

How We Are Human is a book with wide appeal because of Luke’s desire to keep poetry simple and not entangle a reader’s brain in knots.

“I don’t like poetry that complains, seeks pity, is annoying or makes me search for the point like deriving ‘x’ in algebra.” –Luke Armstrong

I agree. Reading poetry can be torturous at times, more like a Rubik cube exercise for the mind than an enjoyable pastime. Poetry should be accessible as is the case in How We Are Human, a book of flash fiction that rhymes at times.

With a combination of humor and passion and concepts that are both relatable and insightful, Luke succeeds in demystifying and simplifying poetry, in effect, humanizing it, and in doing so, How We Are Human, or Poetry 3.0, as I like to call it, will engage a new generation of readers, people with hectic lives, who are exposed to a 24/7 information cycle.

“In our busy lives filled with distractions, what but the brevity of poetry offers such an immersive experience in the time it takes to floss?” –Luke Armstrong

Life is complicated enough. If we also complicate art, we prevent others from appreciating our expression of language and ideas. Luke gets that and brings fun and brilliant simplicity to his poetic ruminations.

In addition to How We are Human, Luke’s other book of poetry, iPoems for the Dolphins to Click Home About (2010) is also available in paperback or eBook.

For more information about Luke Armstrong, please visit his website www.LukeSpartacus.com.



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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge [Hardcover] – You Can Kill Flies with It!

A Definitive Encyclopedia Of Existing Information

Just as the onion is a staple in the kitchen…

English: onion

English: onion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Onion is a staple in satire…

“Since its founding by a Prussian tuber farmer in 1756, The Onion has expanded into an omnipotent news empire, with a Peabody Award-winning 24-hour cable news network…”

Rightfully, skewering empty-headed cretins with its tuber farmer wit.


The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is the perfect Christmas gift for acerbic two-legged carnivores or dullards who enjoy celebrating a holiday that masochists adore.

According to highbrow Onion sources, Christmas is…

“…the absolute worst occasion for a dad to flatly inform his loved ones that he hasn’t been happy for years and that Stephanie makes him feel alive…”


Hardbound and ingestible, if you’re a silverfish or booklouse, The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is a literary smorgasburg of tart factual tidbits. 250 pages of alphabetically listed encyclopedic snark, with charts, maps and illustrations, a worthy collection of information for the weird history buff or just the weird.

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge is a book coffee tables lust after and love to lay beneath – kinky inanimate coffee table sex – a great conversation starter for the strange uncle that lives under a bridge.

“What’s that book on that there coffee table?”

“Well, Uncle Hobgoblin, that there is the latest book by those wacko commie nuts at the Onion and possibly the last book ever written.”

“Did you say nuts? I’d love some.”

“Someone please toss Uncle Hobgoblin into the recyclable bin for curbside pick up.”

Once he has been carted away, your other quasi-normal guests, whether literate or not, can flip through the book that has lots of words and pretty pictures.

“Compiled and Organized According to the Higher Principles of Intellectual Commerce and Coercion. For the Betterment of Mankind and the Zweibel Family, Specifically –”


You’ll have to buy it to find out. It costs $17. Don’t be a cheapskate. No one likes a cheapskate. Just forgo paying one-month’s rent. They can’t kick you out. Not right away.

Where can I buy this awesome book?

Here! Or, here! Just screwing with you. Either link will leave you short $17 bucks.

But who cares? It’s the holidays and there are soup kitchens. So, you won’t starve.

Besides, you can always flambé Uncle Hobgoblin.

Disclaimer: I received a comp copy of the book to write the review.


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