Feel Happier In Nine Seconds

Feel Happier In Nine Seconds

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I learned the secret of serenity
by waterboarding daffodils.
My Buddha is landfill.
My mantra choked

from a bluebird’s neck.
It’s ruthless, the pursuit
of happiness. Eighteen
seconds have elapsed.

This collection is a universe where minimalism and maximalism work in harmony. Ethics, economics, glamour and alternative physics are just a few of the vehicles Besner uses in her jaundiced pursuit of knowledge and joy. At the collection’s core is a series of brilliantly illuminated poems patterned on a scientific study of synaesthesia and Fisher Price refrigerator magnets. Besner’s courageous comparisons and musicality provide the critical happiness we all need.

‘Besner’s imagination doesn’t appear to have an upper or outer limit … Reading her poems is a bad trip and a transformational experience.’

– Ken Babstock

‘Besner is one of the funniest poets writing in this country.’

– National Post

Linda Besner's first book of poetry, The Id Kid, was published in 2011 by Véhicule Press and named as one of the National Post's Best Poetry Books of the Year. She is the former poetry editor of Hazlitt. She lives in Montreal.



Tackling the troubles and hopes of our times, Besner’s verse is a sparkler lit from a bonfire of logic textbooks.


Publisher: Coach House Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781552453438
Branch Call Number: O/800

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