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Title AuthorPublishedOrder It
A House of Bottles Robin Merrill 2009
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors 2005
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems Bay River Press 2002
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry Alice Persons, Editor 2008
All Four Seasons Jim Mello 2014
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy Jack McCarthy 2011
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate Annie Farnsworth 2006
At Bunker Cove Ralph Stevens 2017
Back East Michele Leavitt 2013
Be Careful What You Wish For Alice N. Persons 2003
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND Dave Morrison 2009
Blues in the Night Herb R. Coursen 2010
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody Stephen A. Cowperthwaite 2014
Boy at the Screen Door Bruce Spang 2014
Burning Chairs John P. McVeigh 2013
Child is Working to Capacity Tom Delmore 2006
Compass Rose Ellen M. Taylor 2015
Dreamscape Claire Hersom 2017
Driftland Michael Macklin 2004
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir Claire Hersom 2008
Early Late Bloom Jim Mello 2007
ErosIon Nancy A. Henry 2004
Essays in All Directions Robert M. Chute 2007
Europe on $5 a Day Nancy A. Henry 2005
Evidence of Light Marita O'Neill 2005
Fancy Meeting You Here Alice N. Persons 2015
Faulty Wiring Bob MacLaughlin 2011
Feasting on Air Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2015
Floating Ellen M. Taylor 2009
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors 2006
He Gives Me Flowers Gaylord Day Weston 2007
Heaven Jumping Woman Pam Burr Smith 2011
HOME and Other Places Wil Gibson 2012
How Many Cars Have We Been Married? Ted Bookey, editor 2008 (see book detail)
Humming to Snails Ellen M. Taylor 2005
I Have Walked Through Many Lives Young Voices - Scarborough 2009
I Still Feel the Swirl Ruth Bookey 2017
Imminent Tribulations Kevin Sweeney 2016
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison Dr. Blaine McCormick 2005
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems Robin Merrill 2014
Language as a Second Language Ted Bookey 2004
Laundry and Stories Robin Merrill 2005
Life Class Ruth Bookey 2007
Lostalgia Ted Bookey 2007
Marengo Street Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel 2012
Museum Daniel Duff Plunkett 2016
My First Beatrice David Stankiewicz 2013
Never say Never Alice N. Persons 2004
Not Just Anybody Bruce Spang 2015
Nothing Is Real Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr. 2014
Observed From a Skin Boat John Holt Willey 2013
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems Edward J. Rielly 2007
Ordinary Time Kevin Sweeney 2009
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality Bruce Spang 2012
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties Brenda Shaw 2006
Radost, My Red Jeri Theriault 2016
Rags of Prayer Kevin Sweeney 2006
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer Jim Donnelly 2013
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon 2008
Same Bird David McCann 2016
SARX Nancy A. Henry 2010
Saving Nails Thomas R. Moore 2016
Sex, Death, and Baseball David Moreau 2004
Singing With the Dead Ted Thomas, Jr. 2007
Socks Jay C. Davis 2007
Sostenuto Karen Douglass 2006
Stable David R. Surette 2015
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta Ted Bookey 2012
T'ai Chi of Leaves Elizabeth Potter 2016
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw Tom Delmore 2011
Thank Your Lucky Stars Alice N. Persons 2011
The Bird Catcher John-Michael Albert 2012
The Church of St. Materiana Anne Britting Olesen 2007
The Common Law James McKenna 2012
The Desire Line Michelle Lewis 2006
The Flame and the Fiction Darcy Shargo 2005
The Hard Way Jay C. Davis 2006
The Lawns of Lobstermen Douglas "Woody" Woodsum 2010
The Left Side of My Life Dana Robbins 2015
The Stream Don Moyer 2006
The Ur-Word Jim Glenn Thatcher 2008
The Widow From Lake Bled Kirby Wright 2013
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II Alice Persons, Editor 2015
Things As They Are Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2005
Through the Loop of Time Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2010
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems Edward J. Rielly 2011
To the Promised Land Grocery Bruce Spang 2008
Traveling Through History Patrick Hicks 2005
Tuscany Light M. Kelly Lombardi 2006
Unidentified Flying Odes Dennis Camire 2006
Vivaldi for Breakfast John-Michael Albert 2009
Walking Track Jay Franzel 2005
Ways of Looking Edward J. Rielly 2005
What on Earth Marcia F. Brown 2010
When We Invented Water Marcia F. Brown 2014
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums Jay C. Davis 2004
With a W/Hole in One Ted Bookey 2010
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional David Moreau 2007

Book Details

Language as a Second Language

Language as a Second Language

by Ted Bookey – copyright 2004

ISBN 0-9765166-5-9

$10 including postage and handling

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Reviews for Language as a Second Language

by George Wallace, editor of Poetry Bay

These are fearless poems that dance on a tightrope of surrealism, wit and irrepressible energy. The tone ranges from scatalogical to sacred. Like the women in one poem who would 'Spank the air like wet fireworks,' or else eat a frog instead of kissing it into a prince, these poems laugh at convention and punish the night like so many roman candles.Ted Bookey offers us mayhem, madness - and then the unexpected tenderness and intimacy of 'His Beautiful Women,' or the sobering moral reflection of 'Kein Warum.' Handle with care - there is dangerous fun inside this book.

by Wayne Atherton, editor of Cafe Review

Ted Bookey's latest book of poems Language As a Second Language contain many delightfully humorous romps infused with a deft sense of familial affability. NU SHU (for Nancy Henry), is one of the rare poems written by a sensitive, intelligent man who truly understands woman-ness. Another of his poems, LISTENING TO CORELLI IN NEW ENGLAND, is a good example of Bookey's equally serious perspective on life; he works the wide range of human emotion with great care.

by Ed Pomerantz, Playwright

Language As A Second Language is pure pleasure. What is so impressive is its range and variety -- so many different voices -- in tone and character I haven't heard before. I Took Her Hand In Mine and Listening To Archangelo are really new and unexpected. And of course the "old" Bookey is in top form, particularly, for one, in the title poem and especially Torture, With Eggs, my favorite, which isn't only a great poem, but a terrific short story and one act play as well!

In this time of paralysis and despair, thanks for reminding me that the act of language and poetry really counts.

by John Berbrich, editor of Barbaric Yawp

A poetry chapbook that you can have some fun with if you pay attention. Bookey plays with words and some of the poems are filed with puns. Bad Poem begins "Bad Poem verses the page / It's the qualm before the form" and concludes, "this is the bottom line."

Although humor shines from every page, Bookey is not merely having fun and includes serious work among the witticisms.

by Baron Wormser, Poet Laureate of Maine

Bookey's poetry is exactly what poetry should be - irrepressible. At turns meditative and playful, he has his astute finger on the mystery of the human pulse. His language is scintillating, wry and overflowing with brio. His humanity is always palpable.

Sample from Language as a Second Language

Language As A Second Language

I rushed tingling to the men’s room where I sat blissfully
copying her words to my notebook after my Bronx cousin
had spritzed across the restaurant, “Hey, you, waideh!
Where’s the wawdeh that I orduhed for my dawdeh !
Someone could shrivel up & bust of thirst in here.”

Awesome, I thought, that any language could be
So fraught with such exuberant fraughtage.

Nowadays it is the nuggeted poetry
of my neighbor Ernie Pratt I envy
& scribble down, that Down-East
Maine-speak: if I say Nice day,
Ernie, how he drawls back, Yep,
But when them clouds bust
It’s gonna po-uh buckits!


Another time & place words flowed from an urban spigot.
Here, far from the seltzer of the city, I am the cause
of mirth in others—over 20 years, & for as long as
I am living here, I still can’t pass: what gets lost
in any good translation is translation. As for me
Maine remains a second language, as English did
for Conrad & Nabokov—Oh yeah, I only wish !

So I’m in the Gardiner diner & when the waitress says
You from New York City, right ? I fake big surprise,
say Bronx, howcudja tell ? She says she just knows
when I open my mouth & out comes a cuppacawfee

Yeah, I say, but really, can’tcha tell me how’dja know,
so she gives me: You are not the only one can talk
New York Smartass. The next booth guffaws, so
I shut up that mouth, that only loves & wants
to speak for everything it hears speak to it,
& licks its chops for the sunshine of things
served up in words: it’s what a poet does,
no matter where. & that was long ago
the job I signed on to do for life.

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