Posted September 21, 2016
BOBBY LONG'S SECOND COLLECTION OF POETRY "LOSING MY MISERY" COMING IN DECEMBER
British singer-songwriter, known for his hauntingly poetic lyrics, will publish his second collection of actual poetry in early December. Infused with candor, raw emotion and his signature wry humor, Losing My Misery is at once brash, funny and heartbreaking, exposing the writer's foibles as well as his poignant insights into the human condition. It follows 2012's Losing My Brotherhood of which one writer said: "With a few short words, Long brings us into his world, if only for a moment, and shows us exactly what he sees."
In an innovative roll-out, Losing My Misery will initially be offered exclusively for pre-order during Long's PledgeMusic campaign to finance his fourth album, which launched this week. The PledgeMusic offering will
include a laminated bookmark and an mp3 recording of Long reading selections from the book and talking about some of the poems specifically. This package will only be available via the PledgeMusic campaign, and the book will become available at retail in December.
Bobby Long, who emerged from London's folk music renaissance and now lives in New York, brought a sharpened focus to writing Losing My Misery. "I've grown older, and I think I've matured a lot, and my priorities have changed," Long explains. "I think I have become a bit more self aware, and I care more about the people I love than myself. I've written about them, which is something this book reflects openly."
One of those focuses is on his family and his childhood, and particularly growing up in rural Wiltshire. "My family was not the most functional, but it was anything but boring," he recalls, "and we seemed to attract a lot of funny situations. When I was a kid, I felt safe thanks to my parents and their hard work, but I was exposed to some really humorous situations so my childhood was great." For a colorful example of funny childhood situations, one need only turn to his epic poem called "South of France" for a rollicking extensive depiction of a family holiday gone awry in oh so many different ways.
"So much to do, so much to see,
but Mam and Dad are desperate for hospitality,
gin and tonics, beer and my sister's on her phone,
I'm too busy scoffing my face with giant Toblerone,
my Dad gets excited
as he leans back to relax, we're finally on the ferry, we're not paying any tax."
--excerpt from "South of France"
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