Wall Street Drop-out Does a Hunter S. Thompson w/ Salty Lyric Waves

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Poet Mike Harris pens his disillusions on his own terms and comes up with truth, philosophy, epiphany and catharsis-in-jest

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For a surety (shoe-rate-ey), True Adventures of the Floating Poet, Mike Harris’ collection of verse, is not The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. But it is as salt- and barnacle-encrusted as that distant predecessor. Born out of a need to get away from Wall Street-induced (and ultimately fake) problems, self-styled Capt. Mike left for the Caribbean on a normal day in New York.

All poets who have followed the seabreeze to a life of adventure on the waves share the author’s respect for the sensible in the face of chance and nature. From the first poem “The Holy Clam and the birth of Clamism,” the author divests himself of the trappings of the “civilized” jungles of boardroom and yuppie restaurants, distances himself from them because they induce spiritual phobia, and rides out on the crests of a versified ocean like Neptune riding sea-horses.

Not unlike Hunter S. Thompson’s (author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) famous sojourn into pre-Castro Cuba, this Mike Harris’ “vacation” has produced an awesome, seismic new reading of the largely unspotlighted areas of the American dream that few except the disillusioned intellectuals get to comment on. Both Thompson and Harris, like Coleridge, do not get to drink much water. In both the modern writers’ cases, rum (or perhaps whiskey, in Harris’ case) is the philosophical lubrication of choice. The difference is that Harris holds out some hope for the reader whom this volume will surely hook – it makes Harris an excellent, not quite indifferent, grungy, but compassionate fisher of men. He who floats has surely lived to tell a deeply funny, ultimately meaningful, compelling tale…

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True Adventures of the Floating Poet * by Mike Harris
Publication Date: March 9, 2012
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