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124 pages (November 2006); 1.4MB download
Soft Skull Press; ISBN: 1-933368-49-7
Did I Wake You? is a haiku collection, a humor book, a self-help book, and an anti-self-help book all rolled into one little whimsical-and slightly hostile-package. Easy reading for difficult people. It's funny, surprising, inspirational, world-conscious, and deeply personal.
Beth started writing haikus to read at "Say The Word", a monthly reading series that's part of Beth's Un-Cabaret show where Emmy-winning writers like Cindy Chupack, Michael Patrick King, Merrill Markoe, Peter Mehlman and Alan Zweibel read true stories about their own lives. The haikus immediately caught the imagination of the other talent and lifted the spirits of audiences. Beth continues to read her Haiku (which she cvalls Haikuzzi) at the Un-Cabaret, the legendary comedy show that Rolling Stone called, "a comedy be-in", where audiences responded immediately to the material.
Did I Wake You? is part of the pop poetry movement. Like Def Poetry Jam, and the poetry slams all over the country. "Haikuzzi" dusts poetry off and plugs it in, making it exciting and relevant to today's audience. It's nano-technology in a book. They take only seconds to read, but they're engineered to stick with you a long time afterwards. Read them at your desk, in your bed, on the stairmaster, on the toilet. Jerry Stahl has dubbed Beth's book "quick-s*** lit."