Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Part Charlie Chaplin, part Rimbaud, visionary poet Rob Cook recreates childhood and young adulthood in one of the funniest yet emotionally potent collections to appear. DIARY OF TADPOLE THE DIRTBAG is biography compressed into a series of darkly humorous vignettes—bristling, self-deprecating, yet celebratory. A long-haired Tadpole at last emerges from the miasma of his boyhood in an ill-fitting green trench coat. His saving graces are his acute vision (although his eyesight is bad along with a host of other maladies)and his humor, gloriously his own. Although he fails, he wants to become the Einstein of Failure.
Rob Cook lives in New York City's East Village. He is the author of six collections, including THE CHARNEL HOUSE ON JOYCE KILMER AVENUE (Rain Mountain Press, 2018), ASKING MY LIVER FOR FORGIVENESS (Rain Mountain Press, 2015), Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), Blueprints for a Genocide (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012) and EMPIRE IN THE SHAPE OF A GRASS BLADE (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013). His recently re-released Last Window in the Punk Hotel was a Julie Suk Award finalist. Work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Caliban, Fence, A cappella Zoo, Zoland Poetry, Tampa Review, Minnesota Review, Aufgabe, Caketrain, Many Mountains Moving, Hampden- Sydney Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Colorado Review, BOMB, Sugar House Review, Mudfish, Pleiades, Versal, Weave, Wisconsin Review, Ur Vox, Heavy Feather Review, Phantom Drift, Osiris, etc.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA