portion of the artwork for Maurice Oliver's poetry
Maurice Oliver’s Comments

These poems are from a set that was intended to have political overtones. My poetry is normally whimsical and often humorous, some may say too much so, but I often find it depressing to read a poem about someone’s father getting cancer or their dog getting run over by a car. Poetry doesn’t have to be depressing to get the reader’s attention.

Each of these poems are meant to be light and airy. They are designed to require little thought. But each of them do have a message, a deeper meaning, if you will. They make fun of things most people consider important parts of life. They question our judgment and rationale in the choices me make. They scrap away the furniture veneer to reveal the fine grain underneath.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 32 | Spring 2011