Sit Down And Have A Beer Again

Poetry - General
160 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Sit Down And Have A Beer Again is a collection of poems and short stories penned by Greg Wyss. it is divided into three parts, with parts one and two including poetry and short stories published in two different small press magazines since 1977, and part three offering excerpts from Wyss' novel When Life Was Like A Cucumber. It tells of a young man's story of self-discovery and sexual awakening in post-sixties America as he tries to find a place for himself in the world. Wyss' collection is about growing up as a young man during a time of great cultural revolution shaped by the Vietnam war and the advent of the hippie movement and sexual awakening that defined a generation. These poems and short stories cover slice-of-life stories experienced by a youngster of that era.

A healthy dose of nostalgia and free-minded spirit flavor the verses of the poems and poetic stories told in Sit Down And Have A Beer Again. Greg Wyss has a way with words and, through some enthralling poetry, brings to life a colorful period in American history that changed the course of a generation of young adults, giving them a voice to discover themselves and carve a place in this world. There is a sense of beauty to Wyss' writing that transports you to another era, making you feel how those from an older generation felt when they were young. The universal topics discussed within the pages of this collection will appeal to a diverse range of readers. Highly recommended.

Anelynde Smit

Sit Down and Have a Beer Again by Greg Wyss is a book of poetry written by a man who has seen the 1970s come and go. His poems reflect that time. Kids is a poem talking about the future of the next generation and what endless possibilities they are faced with. Perfection is about society’s idea of perfection and what we are being fed by the media. In Better Life Through Chemistry, he talks about the drug culture of America. Then as if for comic relief he gives us Big Mouth in which he talks about a man who can’t seem to shut up and whose brain and mouth are in two different places at once. His observation of life is remarkable and his in-depth discussion of social issues is very obscure but accurate. Maybe I’m Being Petty, But is about a relationship with someone who is supposed to be his partner but always seems to tread on his fingers as he is dangling from a ledge. The idea is that your partner and you are not always on equal footing. Father Knows Best is a poem in which he talks about the dreams and hopes a father has for his son and the very contrasting dreams a son has for his own life. His way with words is as intoxicating as having another beer with Greg Wyss. His words resonate deeply and are as witty as he is sharp. This is a book for poetry lovers.

Sit Down and Have a Beer Again by Greg Wyss is an inside and profound look at life in post-1970s America with witty anecdotes and equally witty poems documenting the little and big things in life. In Selling Peanuts, he talks about how little we have to offer the world sometimes and how insignificant we really would be if we didn’t even have anything as valuable as peanuts to sell. His words will transport you to his world where everything is seen through his eyes and experiences. This book could be seen as a record of those days gone by. His take on social issues will take you down the road of self-discovery. This is a unique book with so much to offer and I know that many people will enjoy it. This is life through the eyes of Greg Wyss.

Astrid Iustulin

Few titles capture the atmosphere of a book and make the reader appreciate its contents simply by looking at the cover, even before they decide to open it. This is what happens to those who pick up Sit Down and Have a Beer Again by Greg Wyss. In this book, the author includes poems and some short stories that take the reader back to the 1970s. Some of these works were first published in those early years, while others have never been included before. In the final part, Wyss offers the reader three excerpts from a novel he wrote that is also set in the 1970s.

The first thing that struck me about Sit Down and Have a Beer Again was the title, which is original and quite unusual for a book like this. I never imagined that a collection of poems could refer to beer, but I was nevertheless glad that I read it. Wyss conveys the atmosphere of the 1970s very well. I was born a decade later, but these poems and stories reminded me of what many people have told me. I liked Wyss's direct way of dealing with the subject matter, and he describes both the situations and characters incredibly well, both in verse and prose. I recommend this book highly to all the nostalgia buffs that miss the 1970s. I am sure they will enjoy it.