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Poet Laureate of the Absurd
Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon
June 20, 2020
It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is almost over. Dispatches from the Swinging Door Saloon, the debut title from Bits of Steak Press and Randall McNair is something of a vanguard, ushering in a whole new genre of poetry we like to call Poetry of the Absurd.
Bio of the Author
Randall McNair, described by his inner circle as Poet Laureate of the Absurd, spent the better part of a decade drinking himself silly at the Swinging Door Saloon in Tustin, California. While there, he was inspired to put pen to paper by a combination of Charles Bukowski, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds & the muse at large. His Poetry CV includes a BA in English (Creative Writing) from CSU Long Beach in 2002, the 2002 Key West Literary Seminar’s Advanced Poetry Workshop with Sharon Olds, the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar’s Advanced Poetry Workshop with Billy Collins and the 2019 Southampton Writers Conference 10-day Advanced Poetry Workshop also with Billy Collins. McNair’s work has been published in both American and Canadian literary journals. He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and young son.
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.