Book Review: The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry

by Roy M. Barineau, Ph. D. on May 23, 2013

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Book Review: The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry

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M. R. Henderson, The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry, Aldis Publishing Co., Los Angeles, 2007.

The very title of the book reveals the sarcastic nature of its author, M. R. Henderson. There are, of course, many books containing golf poetry, but his is “The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry” [emphasis added]. Having given up on golf, Henderson is described as “a retired mental patient” who “works tirelessly to educate children about the nature of golf, and how it can destroy self-esteem and ruin lives.”

The book is very small and very short. The poetic style is interesting. On occasion, Henderson launches into what the reader assumes to be a climb towards a lofty linguistic treat only to plummet rapidly into dark, vile, bitter satire. Here are a couple of my favorites.

A Man Once Said


A man once said of golf
it is not whether you win
or whether you lose
but it is, in truth,
how you play the game
That man was a fucking idiot

 

The Birdie


Like whiskey to an alcoholic,

the birdie keeps a bad golfer coming back
again and again and again
“Hey, remember that birdie?” he asks
again and again and again
When a golfer lies in bed at night
he does not remember the hideous slice,
or long string of triple bogeys
Only the birdie, so sweet, so sweet
A steadfast example of his true skill
And if he should ever score an eagle,
call his wife so that she may divorce him
and at least salvage her life

If you are looking for lofty, inspiring, edifying golf poetry, do not look in this book.  If, however, you appreciate golf poetry that is facetious, acerbic, and sarcastic, this may be the book for you.  Unfortunately, there is not a lot of poetry here.  The book is a very brief read.  Also, unfortunately, Henderson does not yet have a way to distribute the book.  Perhaps, that will come.  I m awarding two out of three balls to M. R. Henderson’s The World’s Only Collection of Great Golf Poetry.

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