by Richard C. Armstrong III
TBD | 6x9 Paperback | 60 pages
The only thing harder than saying a smart thing in a smart way is saying a smart thing in an outrageous way, in a silly way, or in downright dumb way. Richard Armstrong's poems are so impactful because their veneer invites you to prejudge them as fluff, and when you do, they slip between your ribs and prick your heart .
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"Armstrong is the Han Solo of poets. He'll tell you he's not in this for your revolution, and not in it for you, princess, that he expects to be well paid. And you'll fall for these poems because he's a scoundrel, because he flies casual, because he doesn't say, 'I love you,' he says, 'I know.' But when you finish Get Money, as the braggadocio fades, what remains is a lingering sense of bravery, what remains is heart."
-- Carmiel Banasky, author of The Suicide of Claire Bishop
"In Get Money, Armstrong shifts effortlessly between the crass, the comic, and the heartbreaking. He is never content to play it straight. And thank goodness! Here is poetry that is exciting to read."
--Thomas McCafferty, Editor in Chief of Hirschworth
"Get Money has the music of Gerard Manley Hopkins, the many faces of Cloud Atlas, the grimy vulnerability of Amy Winehouse, and if that wasn't enough, it's dirty like Fifty Shades of Grey."
-- Amanda Knox, author of Waiting to Be Heard