Odes, from a Dude – “Broetry: Poetry for Dudes” by Brian McGackin
I live less than a block from one of Chicago’s most notorious douchey bars, and pass it every single day on my way home from work. It’s safe to say that side-tilted baseball hats are nothing new to me. Most of the time, this whole attitude of young dude entitlement makes me want to hit something.
In his introduction to “Broetry,” (which is subtitled – “Like poetry, but awesome”) Broet Laureate Brian McGackin states that “Broetry is a literary chili cheeseburger.”
Chili cheeseburgers are delicious and make you smile, just like this book.
“Broetry” is a simply hilarious collection of around 50 poems showcase that dudes can be sensitive too. They care about lots of things other than sex, sports, and beer. This is not to say that those three topics are ignored in this collection. Far from it, some of the best pieces in the book pertain to these very things – McGackin holds nothing back as he expresses his appreciation for women in poems about cougars, Pocahontas, and the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. We also hear the story of how he tried to read the Harry Potter series to impress a girl.
But how dare we generalize! Dudes like other stuff too. For example, there’s an ode to Captain America (done in the style of “O Captain, My Captain!,)” several tributes to gaming, and a poetic love letter (my personal favorite) to Golden Grahams cereal. Because who doesn’t love cereal? I love cereal.
For the dudes in your life, I think this book might be the best gift ever. For the ladies and sensitive-types, you’ll laugh.