” A smart high school English teacher would put this on a course list with Shakespeare.” Montreal Mirror

“It’s high time the rhyme-crazy juveniles of the world are celebrated as the poetic prodigies we truly were.” Nylon Magazine

“Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry probably contains some of the very worst poetry in print today.” FFWD, Calgary

Top 20 Books of Summer- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Teen Angst: A Celebration of Really Bad Poetry is the first, the best, and the biggest collection of teen angst poetry ever to be published. Inspired by the popularity of her interactive website, editor Sara Bynoe has compiled the definitive teen angst reader. Divided into 12 categories, including I am Alone and No One Understands My Pain and Obvious Metaphors, this book is for anyone who has ever written truly terrible, meditative, or self-indulgent poetry. Actually, this book is for anyone who survived being a teenager.All of the poets featured in this collection are now adults, living happy, angst-free lives. However, for this special book, they are willing to reveal excerpts from their old tattered notebooks or leather bound journals. Along with the poems, each poet has included a short introduction, giving background information for each work. As Sara Bynoe says, looking back on teen angst poetry brings people together in a “poetry reading meets stand-up comedy meets AA” sort of way.
Buy it at your local bookstore or online:
ISBN 0-312-33474-5
NY Library Association Books of Summer 2005
Top Summer Reads- Cleveland Plain Dealer 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book…, January 23, 2008
I loved this book. The many angst ridden poems ranged from funny to just plain bad, but all of them were very entertaining for me. I would recommend this book to anyone who has written angst ridden poetry in their teenaged years, and looked back upon it and laughed, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys peaking into the mind of an angst ridden teenager with a mocking spirit. I, however, would not recommend it to anyone who takes their teenaged poetry seriously, or who are looking for good poetry, because these are real poems by real teenagers who thought they were writing good poetry (when, in fact, they were not).
5.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Funny, August 17, 2007
By Libra “MYK” (Tustin, CA USA) – See all my reviews

The first and definitive work of its kind, this anthology contains poems written in the heat of intense adolescent emotional distress and introduced by the now angst-free adults who wrote the poems. Although these authors lack the literary pretentiousness enjoyed by true poetasters, their work is equally terrible. Arrangement is by such adolescent-appropriate topics as Breakups–I Will Never Love Again Poems and I Am Alone–and No One Understand My Pain Poems, etc.

One of the best parts of this truly comical collection is editor Sara Bynoe’s eight step plan for teens interested in writing angst poetry. Bynoe’s anthology was inspired by content from her website.


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