Bookish Bites: The Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger

GONGENHUM
2 min readApr 3, 2023
The Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger cover

Michael J. Seidlinger’s The Fun We’ve Had (Lazy Fascist Press) is a beautiful long poem (although not officially), or a game of Pong on two lovers’ emotions. Seidlinger has trimmed down all the less essential to tunnel-vision on all the uncertainties that adorn/plague a romance, whether cherished or doomed.

He’s put the two protagonists, him and her, in a coffin, adrift in an endless ocean. They each take turns turning to the reader as a crying shoulder. The journey from denial, anger, bargaining, and fear into acceptance is a familiar story that many of us mostly try to sweep under the rug. We all have rushed into it, more or less. The love capsule we take is Pandora’s box we willingly swallow. This amalgam of pain, sorrow, and broken hearts muddled with the mundane and the healing dust of time is a boat ride, a workbook, and a collection of aphorisms from both ends of a relationship.

If you are on Twitter and into creative writing tips, not many adventurers out there tweet about writing itself than the man with the handle mjseidlinger. Some jokingly, and some live from the fatigue of writer’s block. Here’s a favorite:

“Yay typos. It should read ‘diverse oeuvre.’”

So now you can see why they couldn’t be for long.
They had wanted to be…

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