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You Can Make Anything Sad


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90 pages, 5.5 x 8.25″
ISBN: 978-0-9887503-6-4
Released in April 2014
Order from Sorry House

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“honest, quietly elegant … sincere and patient and weirdly life-like”
—The Fanzine

“Spencer Madsen is a writer who will, with equal enthusiasm, tweet a selfie of his butt and write the sincerest, saddest line of poetry you’ve ever read.” The Fader

“… as frequently hilarious as it is devastating.” —Paper Mag

“Amidst the ‘and then I did this daily activity/drug’ lines are hyper-articulate moments of ingenuity and observation.” Dazed Digital

“When I read Spencer Madsen’s poetry, I not only feel awe because he’s so good, one of the best, but I also think about how everything in the world is happening at the same time, and how the world we get to know is so heavily edited down. It’s the hugest, weirdest feeling. I wish Spencer Madsen could be everywhere at once. I really love You Can Make Anything Sad.”
— Dennis Cooper, author of The Weaklings (XL) and The Marbled Swarm

“If I had published this I would’ve cut the ‘dick like Gogurt’ line.” -Giancarlo DiTrapano, VICE

Madsen’s poetry has always been, to me, staggeringly honest. His writing helps clarify our complicated and subjective world into one of simple truths. His poetry is both heartbreaking and heart mending. Madsen’s work is important. This book will be important.
—Rhys Nixon at Electric Literature

Review at HTMLGiant

Review at The Small Press Book Review

Review at Splice Today

Spencer Madsen on The Other People Podcast w/ Brad Listi