Two years ago, I was sitting in a crowded rooftop bar in Manhattan (sigh) when the bartender leaned over to tell me I was her doppelganger. I had to quickly access my memory banks to make sure I had the right meaning. It’s not exactly a word I hear a lot, especially when it’s from a young woman referring to me. I dedicate this poem to her, in hopes she is well wherever she may be. You can read it here on page 5 of the latest issue of Tipton Poetry Journal, where it has just been published

New Amazon Review of My Life as a Sperm (“Defies Classification”)

5.0 out of 5 stars. A Good Read All Around Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020 by Saber Blade. Verified Purchase

I approached this book with a great deal of anticipation and I was not disappointed. Besides loving the short essay form, there are about a bazillion other reasons for loving this book. It is fun– on quite a range of topics—from the author’s job working in a girls’ dorm (really) in college to answering the Big Questions: What is the nature of time, and can you get overtime? This book defies classification—and that’s an understatement. There are the college memories, the writer’s dedication to the environment based partly on his love for the outdoors and partly on his science expertise; several engaging autobiographical pieces including one in which Twaronite and his wife buy land in New Hampshire and set up a teaching nature reserve. For people who love this land and fear what’s happening to it, this undertaking hits a responsive chord. There are some nostalgia moments for those of us who grew up in mid-20th century America when children could actually play outdoors without supervision. An energetic opinion which imagines men and abortion.
If you’re looking for an antidote to almost everything in the news today then here’s a book with spot-on humor and serious exploration that will make you forget about all the awful media stuff we’re bombarded with these days.
The author doesn’t skirt opinions about hot political topics. If you don’t agree with his views about religion or abortion, read this book. It will expand your horizons and be good for your circulation. You might decide that it’s possible to chuckle– maybe even laugh, guffaw, or snicker–about opinions that too often divide people.
How can a book be seriously thoughtful and outrageously funny? Dig into the words of this gifted storyteller. You’ll probably remember all the words to Louie Louie