the crone

opening the door to ideas

I follow the thought-provoking blog A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself so it was wonderfully exciting last week to find a yellow padded package (with an exotic San Francisco return address) stuffed into my humble post box here in the UK.

The Narcissist (E.I. Wong Himself) had kindly sent me a copy of his book*.


I sat down at my quintessentially English breakfast table, poured myself a cup of quintessential PG Tips tea (pyramid teabags, natch) and began to peruse the pages torn from the tortured Poet’s mind.

All of human life, rich in experience, is here.

From the evident joy of harpooning a pelican, to depression echoing the symptoms of a giant tapeworm, this small book covers a multitude of subjects to make us all pause for thought, and wonder.

How often have you considered the implications of a birthday surprise from friends that features deadly blow-darts?

Or that by simply walking into a web you can turn an excited spider’s dream feast into a broken home hell?

Amazingly perceptive, perspicacious and pretentious.

On every page E.I. Wong (I think I can call Him Eric) teaches us that life knows we are all idiots; indeed, ‘life’s main purpose is merely to try and replace us with something better’.

My particularly favourite poem is ‘A Shrill Shriek Follows Me’, which I reproduce here for your delight, and to give you a small flavour of the mad genius that lies within this small book.


The Poet’s explanatory notes beneath His poems and prose are worthy works of their own: poignant, funny, erudite and often downright rude.

Bald, bold, bad.

This book is provocative, sometimes sexually graphic, and occasionally non-PC. But E.I. Wong doesn’t care what you or I think**.

And for that I have to admire Him.

In his defence, the book’s cover notes tell me E.I. Wong ‘attended the University of Oregon for Poetry, where He was not well received’.

I commend this book to all who enjoy discovering a different poetical perspective on life. I recommend you follow E.I. Wong’s blog too. Even if you don’t always like his writing, I understand he is very good looking.

I’ll leave you with some final precious advice on the art of creative writing, direct from the virtuoso Himself:

‘Write better poetry.’


*I had to agree to review it. So I am.

**He just wants the coverage.









13 thoughts on “Him, Robot

  1. Stacy Moore says:

    It sounds like a hoot. (To use the technical term.) Thanks for the recommendation!

    (This may already have gone through once—my server lost the connection, because we seem to be having weather and it doesn’t know what to do.)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jacqueline S says:

      It’s certainly provocative! Take a look at his blog to see more poetry and musings.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. E.I. Wong says:

    Reblogged this on A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself and commented:
    A lovely review by Jacqueline at There’s also another giveaway active! If you emailed me about adding a country, those changes have been made. I also have more review copies available for anyone who is interested. To get one, email me at

    Thanks and love you all. – e

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    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Poet Robot

    by E.I. Wong

    Giveaway ends February 12, 2016.

    See the giveaway details
    at Goodreads.

    Enter Giveaway

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  3. Yes, Wong’s blog is everything U say it is. (I have been following it for some time now.) Sometimes the quirky wisdom is reminiscent of a Zen koan.


  4. kirizar says:

    I have to wonder what the demented skull had to say about the poem in her honor?


    1. jacqueline S says:

      The answer to that is in E.I. Wong’s footnote. Take a look at his blog where the poem is reproduced in full, I believe.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kirizar says:

        It seems I am technically challenged. I tried to find the poem on his blog and kept getting re-directed to the post announcing the give-away. I’m blaming it on being tired. I will just have to live with the uncertainty. But thank you for caring.


      2. jacqueline S says:

        In a nutshell it says the poem was published with her explicit permission, as long as the poet stated that he does not actually think she is an evil screaming skull, and he loves her very, very much.
        I’m happy to set your mind at rest 🙂

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  5. Sounds like a worthy read.
    In his defence, the book’s cover notes tell me E.I. Wong ‘attended the University of Oregon for Poetry, where He was not well received’. < i had to laugh at that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. jacqueline S says:

      He has a great sense of humour.


  6. Jo Oram says:

    Damn it, this is basically the exact review I was going to write. Now I have to try harder to say something original!


    1. jacqueline S says:

      Best of luck 😀


  7. I always appreciate learning about new (to me) poets. Just followed him. Thank you, jacqueline!


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