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  • Apr 27, 2004
BLUE WIZARD IS ABOUT TO DIE is heralded as being the first book of poetry written about video games. I really have no sure way of checking the accuracy of that claim, but as far as I know it's true. The poems in the book discuss all sorts of games, including computer games and interactive games, but many are from the classic era of video games: the days of Atari and classic NES. Subjects of poems include Super Mario Brothers, Pac Man, Joust, Kid Icarus, Paperboy, Doom, Dragon's Lair, Mega Man, and Oregon Trail. The poems are very post-modern and some are simply deconstructionisms of the games they are about. When I first ordered this book, I thought it might be interesting to use some of the poems in my English classes to illustrate how poetry can be written about anything. I'm glad that I bought the book because I enjoyed reading it, but I won't be using more than one or two poems from it in my classes: the book is filled with foul and inappropriate language. An interesting book of poems focused around a very interesting premise.

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"A perfect diversion" --Gerry Tritz, Jefferson City News Tribune, February 5th, 2004

"A romp to read... poignant and funny." --Heather Newman, Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2004

"Barkan extols the frenetic pleasures of consoles in prose as explosive [as the games themselves]... Plug in, reminisce, press continue." --Britt Brown, Flaunt Magazine, Spring Fashion Issue, 2004

"If you've spent any amount of time with the titles covered, there are few things funnier in this universe." --Game Informer Magazine, October 2003

Unlikeliest Muse of the Week --Entertainment Weekly Magazine, March 5, 2004
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ISBN-10: 0974100005
ISBN-13: 978-0974100005
Author: Seth Fingers Flynn Barkan
Publisher: Rusty Immelman Press

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