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Sit Down And Have A Beer Again

By: Greg Wyss
Publisher: Cholla Needles Arts and Literary Library
Publication Date: June 26, 2022
ISBN: 979-8836634667
Reviewed by: Barbara Bamberger Scott
Review Date: December 14, 2022

In this lively collection, author and poet Greg Wyss shows readers how to survive whatever life throws at them, with a beer, a trip on acid, a meeting with Jesus, or a neat, possibly hilarious, philosophical observation.

Wyss' book, Sit Down And Have A Beer Again, contains materials gathered from earlier publications as well as some seen now for the first time. Within its pages, readers will find irony, wisdom, sensuality and joy. An example of his wry workings is “Better Living through Chemistry” in which the poet laments that, though “every bone in my body aches, my eyes burn like hot coals, my legs hang like branches, on a dead tree,” the amphetamine that stirs his heartbeat evokes “the wonder of being a drug child of the twentieth century.” A prose offering, “The Guru and His Chick,” describes the author’s brief meeting with a couple who not only eat ants, but worship them, and in the end, imitate them as they “got down on all fours and began crawling toward the nearest exit.” A sweet memory recalls his grandmother filling the jar with change for him when his photograph was entered in a contest for the kid with “The Prettiest Smile”; he won, thanks to her. Other more sardonic scenarios include the twists embedded in “Poem to My First Wife,” as a husband imagines his wife having a wreck and never coming home, then feeling disappointment when he hears her car pull up in the driveway. A short story, “An Evening in the Garden of Dying Flowers,” introduces a wild wanderer preparing to hit the road tomorrow, always traveling on, but ends with his incentive to stay a few more days when romance enters the scene. The book’s final chapter offers excerpts from a novel, When Life Was Like a Cucumber – it opens as the narrator meets Jesus, disguised as a guy named Tony.

Wyss, who lived through the era of “the Viet Nam War, drug culture and sexual revolution,” has deftly molded his experience into popular prose and poetry. Every reader will have a favorite – or two or ten – in this wide-ranging assemblage. Reactions will include laughing out loud, or simply shaking one’s head as if to say, “Ain’t it the truth.” His poetic style and objective perspective is often reminiscent of e.e.cummings, while his stories seem sometimes wrought from the very drug and booze effects that they so vividly describe.

Quill says: Sit Down and Have a Beer Again shows Greg Wyss as a highly intelligent witness to world events tiny and huge, with the verve and nerve to record what he recalls in a way sure to engage a wide, appreciative audience.

For more information on Sit Down And Have A Beer Again, please visit the author's website at: gregwyss.com

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Sit Down and Have A Beer Again

Sonnets of Love and Joy

Violet

Grief and Her Three Sisters

Weightless, Woven Words

Sway

Spirit

By Fire

The White Colossus

Battle Cry

Amygdala Blue

Z is for Zapatazo

Through The Soul Into Life

Flowers That Die

Earthborn

Convalesce

The Shiny Shenanigans of Aunties and Squirrel (6 of 1/Half Doz of the Other Book 4)

Inhabitant

Drifters

Labyrinth

The Heroin Addict's Mother: A Memoir in Poetry

Before the Foundation of the World

9 Lively Cat Tales and Other Pet Poems

Limerick Comics

Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin' Out to Sea: Poetry as Looking Glass, Poetry as Mirror

Gathering the Self: Poems of the Heart

Copywrite God and Me: Lyrics from a Collection of Inspired Songs

Once Upon A Girl

Perfectly Imperfect: A Collection of Words and Thoughts, Volume 3

A Dime is a Sign: Poems of Love and Loss

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief

A Penny for Your Thoughts

 A Beginning to the End: A Poetic Journey

 Koi: A Modern Folktale

  Something's Bound to Happen

 All Things Bright and Beautiful

 Brightness from the Shadows

 Swimming to the Moon: A Collection of Rhymes Without Reason

 Reflections of Life

 Between Eden and the Open Road

 Dark, Love, and Light

 Listening to Africa

 The River Bends in Time

 After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul

 Sweet Betsy From Pike

 Welcome to Bordertown (New Stories & Poems of the Borderlands)

 Jubilant Echoes of Silent Love: An Inspirational Journey In Poetry

New and Selected Poems

The Futurist’s Mistress: Poems by Lorraine Schein

Words of a Journey: My Thoughts on Life and Living

Sculpting the Heart's Poetry While Conversing with the Masters

A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul

The Guilt Gene

Dinosaur Name Poems

Shakespeare: To Teach or Not to Teach, Teaching Shakespeare Made Fun! (From Elementary to High School)

Shakespeare for Children: The Story of Romeo and Juliet

Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Macbeth

Fifty Confessions

Prayer Is Our Power

Love's Thrilling Dimensions

Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

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