Described by his inner circle as Poet Laureate of the Absurd, Randall McNair spent the better part of a decade drinking himself silly at a small bar in Orange County, California. While there, he was inspired to put pen to paper by a combination of Charles Bukowski, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds and the muse at large. He is the award-winning author of Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon and his poems have been printed in both American and Canadian literary journals. He lives in Alameda, California with his wife and young son. His books are available for purchase at barpoems.com.
Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon
Stifled creativity. Midlife mediocrity. Explore nitty-gritty struggles as viewed through the lens of whiskey, beer, and down-to-earth verse.
Any man might turn to his neighborhood bar after misfortune pays a visit. But when oppressive jobs, self-loathing, and a tall glass of liquid comfort strike at an artistic soul, they can trigger something truly unique. In this straightforward set of poems, a blue-collar guy stuck in a white-collar life brings the average joe’s daily frustrations to life in a raw and tongue-in-cheek voice.
Inspired by his decade-long bender at a local watering hole and the poetry of Charles Bukowski, Randall McNair channels his malaise into witty, quirky, and above all, honest observations on the human condition. From a simple love of the female form to the heartbreaking loss of beloved family, this volume follows the ups-and-downs of an ordinary existence. If you’ve ever experienced a mundane tragedy, McNair’s reflections on hated professions, the salve of alcohol, and how to face death will resonate.
Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon is a refreshing collection of poems for people who hate poetry. If you like exploring the drunken mind, unpretentious writers, and folksy language, then you’ll adore Randall McNair’s levelheaded lines.