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Hudson Valley Parents Can Laugh At Themselves



With new book: "Revenge poetry for babies and toddlers"


There is a new book on the market, perfect for the new mother, or mother to be.  Probably for dads, too.  It’s a very hilarious take on what your baby is probably thinking.  Brought to you by the very funny Suzanne Weber, a performance poet who has already achieved lots of attention for her character, Anita Liberty, who is devoting her entire career to humiliating her ex-boyfriend.


 

TO WHAT WRETCHES HAVE I BEEN BORN? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers (Atria Hardcover; April 10, 2012) is it’s catchy title.

 

Just so you have an idea of what a revenge poem might be, could be, here’s a sample:

 

I Won’t Dance…Don’t Ask Me

These “Mommy and Me” classes?
The ones that you signed up for?
‘Cause you felt like it was something we needed to do?
‘Cause everyone else was doing it?
Mmm.  Not so much.
 
Watching you dance to the Lollipop song
I wonder if you had ever any dignity.
Or, for that matter,
if you’ll ever
have any concern
for protecting
mine.

Or the one entitled…

 iConfess

 iHave

to

say

that

sometimes

iLove

your

iPhone

more

than

iLove

you.

 

iSorry.

 

 

So I caught up with Suzanne Weber from her home in LA. I asked how this book came about.  She explained first about her career with Anita Liberty, and how she’d create these really hateful poems about her ex-boyfriend.  She took it the next step when (back as Suzanne), she was watching a friend of hers, a new mom, swaddle her baby.  “I was watching how she was swaddling the heck out this baby and I thought ‘‘What must this baby be thinking?’ Suzanne thought it out in her head and imagined the baby thinking, “Where are my hands…I just had them?”

 

Where Are My Hands??!!??

I had hands.

I know I did.

I was born with them.,

There were here this morning.

What have you done with them?!!??

For that matter, where are my arms?

Last thing I remember,

You lay me on a blanket

And just kept

Wrapping

And twisting

And tucking

And tightening

And then

I had no hands

or arms.

Come to think of it, can’t really see my legs or feet either.

And what exactly do you expect me to do in this position?

It’s not really conducive to anything except lying here.

What if I just fall asleep like this?

You’d like that, wouldn’t you?

Have this little limbless body fall asleep

So you wouldn’t have to think

About my needs and attending to them,

You might as well have gotten yourself a houseplant.

Or a throw pillow.

Or a pet rock.

Whatever.  Fine.

I’ll sleep.

But only because

Trying to do anything else

Is

Pointless.

This book is written from the point of view of babies and toddlers as they might speak to their parents. Even non-parents can appreciate the humor if they think their friends and relatives are overthinking every little thing when it comes to their kids.  (It also makes a great gift.)

After all, when reading these poems, you’ll find yourself nodding your head, thinking, “Yes, that is exactly what my baby is thinking.”

 

From her bio:
SUZANNE WEBER is a writer perhaps best known for creating and performing the character Anita Liberty, a performance poet who achieves notoriety by devoting her entire career  to humiliating her jerk of an ex-boyfriend in public. Weber penned three books as Anita Liberty – HOW TO HEAL THE HURT BY HATING, HOW TO STAY BITTER THROUGH THE HAPPIEST TIMES OF YOUR LIFE and the young adult title, THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (YEP, THAT WOULD BE ME).

Her short film, ANITA LIBERTY, was a Sundance selection and was co-written and directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue). A native New Yorker, Weber currently resides in Los Angeles where she writes television pilots and has started taking her coffee with soy milk. She lives with her husband and her daughter, a sassy little chip off her mother’s block of contempt.