Jim Hayes The Bad Habits of Little Boys

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The Bad Habits of Little Boys

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First Edition. INCLUDES CD of book with amusing introductory comments by Jim Hayes. 8vo. Cloth binding, 149 pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white by Janet Kenny. From the introduction: "Throughout my life, while admiring all forms of poetry, I have always reserved my special affection for those forms of the art known collectively as Light Verse. Verse that is cheery and light. Light in the sense of cheerful, airy, light-footed and light-hearted. Verse, if you will, that requires little mental effort on the reader's part, but which disguises the stringent demands it makes on the writer's technique." From the review of Edmund Conti: "What kind of poetry can you expect from an Irishman who has been a wheelbarrow maker, a draughtsman, a fly fisherman and a rare chess book auctioneer? You might be surprised. Or you might not be if you also knew he won the prestigious Willard R. Espy Foundation award for light verse and in addition was a featured poetry in Light Quarterly. In any event, be prepared for topics ranging from the aerodynamics of falling cats to braille messages left via bullet holes. Just be ready to laugh. Out loud. Jim Hayes is a master craftsman who writes genuinely funny poems. Genuine. And funny." With wonderful CD of Jim Hayes reading and commenting on the entire book.

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Traveller, fisherman, inventor, and writer, Jim Hayes has travelled the world from Tullaroan to Tahiti and most places in between. He has fished the rivers of his native Ireland, the Baltic inlets of Scandinavia, and the trout streams of the American West. He holds patents ranging from backpacks to muck spreaders, and is an award-winning poet with numerous prizes to his credit, including the prestigious Espy Award for Light Verse in 2004. He was Featured Poet in Light Quarterly, Chicago in 2005, and his poetry has appeared in many other print and online journals. Jim Hayes currently lives with his wife Una in reasonably blissful retirement in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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What kind of poetry can you expect from an Irishman who has been a wheelbarrow maker, a draughtsman, a fly fisherman and a rare chess book auctioneer? You might be surprised. Or you might not be if you also knew he won the prestigious Willard R. Espy Foundation award for light verse and in addition was a featured poet in Light Quarterly. In any event, be prepared for topics ranging from the aerodynamics of falling cats to braille messages left via bullet holes. Just be ready to laugh. Out loud. Jim Hayes is a master craftsman who writes genuinely funny poems. Genuine. And funny. --Edmund Conti

Hayes's comic genius doesn't just lie in his considering the sex lives of centipedes and paying obeisance to Ogden Nash. Instead, his demented imagination can strap a cat to a buttered piece of toast and resolve the world's energy crisis. So much for "Poetry makes nothing happen." The other distinguishing characteristic of his gift is that he is close to the soil we have abandoned. However madcap or contemporary their jokes, Hayes's utterances are rooted Antaeus-like in the rocky fields of our forebears. I swear he pastures a cow on the thatched roof of his head lest the last wolf arise in Ireland. --Tim Murphy

Jim Hayes's work has always seemed to have an assured wit and command of poetic diction. I'm very impressed with his control, his willingness to take chances and his ability to carry his poems all the way through to the outrageous last line. His poetry is always delightful and entertaining, ranging from the wildly surreal to the profound. --John Mella

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