The Case Against Happiness (Paperback)
Alice James Books, 9781882295593, 64pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
Whether watching teens practice cheerleading in a surveillance video or discussing death with a shoe salesclerk, these poems ultimately find a certain joy and redemptive love. Wit and wry observation mark these disjointed narratives from an agile new voice.
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Praise For The Case Against Happiness…
Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a poet who has, in truth, in actual landscapes and stunningly immediate circumstances, wrestled with an angel. And the fact that his very particular, very contemporary angel wears the shape of a bird’s last breath and the elusive substance of human justice, troubles and delights me. These are poems of harrowing moment.”Donald Revell
"Sardonic and humorous, cynical and complex, these metaphysical musings celebrate the nameless dread, the logic of the illogical. They address big ideas: life, death, heaven, shoe shopping. They twist and loop, follow to unexpected conclusions...."Library Journal
"The voice in these poems is real and familiar but has rarely been captured in poetry. Read carefully and follow."American Poet
"Pecqueur's brand of nonchalant sarcasm is a delight."The Great American Pin-Up