Date added: 19.4.2015
Ideas are like small animals: if you put them in a box they suffocate. These lines are from the first poem of Jims Lundys very funny book All I Can Be Is Myself, a collection of deceptively approachable poems that provides a welcome alternative to what Lundy himself calls pretentious flapdoodle poetry. Drawing on religion (or the lack of it), relationships, records, and the screams of dying lobsters for inspiration, this book had many people with whom I shared it suffering from an attack of the giggles. But dont be fooled. These poems are clever and theyre certainly not pretentious (or flapdoodle!), but they take you to places that matter and are written by a person who understands the subtlety that getting there requires. The poems are funny, but theyre also sweet and sad and perceptive.And for the record, Jim didnt get five stars because hes my friend. He got them because his poetry came along at just the right time in my life. Thanks, Jim! All I Can Be Is Myself by James J. Lundy Jr.