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Warlock Rhymer: An English Translation of Robert Burns' Scots Poems
  • Warlock Rhymer: An English Translation of Robert Burns' Scots Poems
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A book of schematic translations of 85 of Robert Burns’ Scots poems, with background and commentary, published by Artemis Books.

“Andrew Calhoun’s research is impressive. Not only is he a first-rate Burns’ scholar he also seems to know what Burns felt in his heart, which makes this exemplary volume a rich combination of scholarship and biography. A remarkable achievement and a must for every admirer of the great Scots poet.”

—June Skinner Sawyers, author of Bearing the People Away the Portable Highland Clearances Companion and the Maverick Guide to Scotland

“Robert Burns wrote in Scots dialect because it was the living language of the people he knew. He wrote with elegant musicality, so gifted songwriter Andrew Calhoun is well suited to transpose Burns’ Scots poetry into 21st century English. With meticulous accuracy, but also with lilt, grace, wit and empathy, Calhoun does the hard work for us, so we can read Burns as the Scottish people did when he wrote them: in the living language of our own times.” —Scott Alarik, music journalist, author, host of WUMB public radio’s Folk Tales

“Andrew Calhoun brings a lifetime of interpreting Scots balladry to this inspired new translation of Burns poems. Rigorously faithful to the form, imagery, and spirit of the original Scots, Calhoun is truly able to make the language “sing” in English. And not a moment too soon, because America needs Burns now– his resilience, humor, and passionate egalitarianism– to remind us that these virtues, and these poems themselves, belong to the common people.” —Anais Mitchell singer-songwriter, Waterbug, Righteous Babe and Wilderland recording artist, author of Hadestown

“For anyone who has wished to access the Scots poems of Robert Burns, Andrew Calhoun’s translation into English provides a welcome window. A fine songwriter, Calhoun brings his keen lyrical sensibility to their rendering. Often epistolary and occasional, these poems recall to the reader how poetry may function in daily life, elevating communication while remaining grounded in the poet’s place and time.” —Richard Shindell, singer-songwriter, Shanachie and Signature Sounds recording artist

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The Trilogy Trilogy
  • The Trilogy Trilogy
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Andrew’s first humor book, in the tradition of Groucho Marx and Christopher Cerf. The Trilogy Trilogy consists of The Unbehoven, A Tale of the Old West, featuring Nat Brogan’s showdown with the notorious gunslinger Kid Baby; Laughter Ours, comprised of “Better Bad Puns,” “Because I’m Neurotic” and “Sweating the Big Stuff;” and the epic Mem Wars of Andrew Calhoun by Andy Goodman, outlining Andrew’s career as a folksinging serial killer, “Marriage and Family,” and “Life Today.”

"One of my formative experiences came when we were living in a housing project in Union, New Jersey, which was infested with rats. My father told me to respect the rats and leave them alone. But when no one was around, I would mock the rats and stick out my tongue at them. Eventually, one of them gave me quite the dressing down, calling me an “insufferable jackanapes.” And that’s the last time I gave a rat sass about anything whatsoever."

Book design and computer graphics by Mary Lewis. published 2012.

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  • Hay
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A book of poems by Andrew Calhoun, hand-printed by Arie Koelewyn for The Paper Airplane Press, published in 2004.

Titles include “Mothers”, “Poetry Workshop”, “Truants”, “Penelope”, “Long Flight”, “Charleston, S.C.”, and “Laurelhurst Park”.

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Twenty-Four Poems
  • Twenty-Four Poems
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This is Andrew’s first book of poems, published in 1989, with drawing by Lee Broede (1948-2018). Broede, a native of northern Illinois, studied design and art history at Lake Forest College. Poems: Love Without Measure, Waiting, Spiders, I Thumb Anthologies, No Exit, The Guts, For a Grieving Friend, Heaven and Hell, Dylan, Bully, Daddy, Nightmare, Axe, The Mayor, Jimmy, a Storm, What if the Light, Love is Never a Mistake, Father, Charles, Fall-Time, Superman, Heaven and Hell (2), Heart of My Heart

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Punned It
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A generous collection of Andrew's best/worst puns. Examples:

Officials have determined that the man who delivered the soliloquy was acting alone.

The tofu makers hung curd down as the tornado approached the factory.

We wanted the kids to stay within range of the house but still have a sense of autonomy. So we hung the 6 foot high portrait of Grampa Stevenson from the balcony, and told the kids they could do whatever they wanted as long as they didn't lose sight of the big picture.

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