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An Invitation to Misanthropes

"This is a wonderful book.
Anyone with a cup of coffee and a bit of sun coming in will be totally pleased."

- Nikki Giovanni, America's most award-winning living poet

An Invitation to Misanthropes:
Poetry & Verses for a Century of Dissociation & Curses

Scott A. Rowan

Mental and behavioral health problems are on the rise, with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and stress affecting more people than ever before, especially children under age 18, according to the National Alliance of Mental Health. While many reasons are to blame - global political tension, social media’s omnipresence, automation in many blue-collar industries, and monetary concerns in a gig economy among them - there’s only one thing that specialists agree upon: the general population needs help learning how to deal with mental stress.

An Invitation to Misanthropes: Poetry & Verses for a Century of Dissociation & Curses by Scott A. Rowan is written as much as a mental guide to help deal with behavioral problems as it is a tour of force by America’s newest literary voice. The 34 poems contained within An Invitation to Misanthropes cover myriad topics, but at the core of most of them are lessons learned about how to deal with the entire spectrum of mental and behavioral health issues, such as:

  • Anti-social behavior (“Diarrhea of The Mouth,” pg 99)
  • Anomie (“Photo On The Shelf,” pg 95)
  • Conflict resolution (“We, The Feet of The Coals,” p 45)
  • Death of a loved one (“Kinship,” pg 127)
  • Depression (“The Lonely Tree,” pg 105)
  • Isolation (“During Commercial Breaks,” pg 51)
  • Malignant narcissism (“Sociopath’s New Math,” pg 119)
  • Realizing your own mistakes (“Poet’s Dilemma,” pg 65)
  • Self-awareness (“Meditation,” pg. 21)
  • Separation (“For Them, But Mostly Her,” pg 109)
  • Suicide (“Arctic of My Heart,” pg 53)
  • Taking responsibility for bad decisions (“When,” pg 23)

While the topics covered are serious, Rowan’s writing style is anything but serious. Using sarcasm and humor like Mark Twain, Rowan is able to take the sting out of the lessons learned by helping the reader laugh along the way. Combining the brevity of Emily Dickinson, the swagger of Ernest Hemingway and the street-wise knowledge of rapper Nas, Rowan is one of the nation’s most unusual literary figures. Comfortable with rap, songs, and Elizabethan sonnets, Rowan’s versatility is unparalleled in contemporary writing.

The Rowan Sonnet was invented for “Kinship,” the epic poem that discusses the difficulty in moving on after the death of a loved one. One of the most unusual aspects of “Kinship” is the perseverance the poet had in seeing the finished product through to publication. “Kinship” was edited for nearly 25 years before the final version was published here in An Invitation to Misanthropes. Popular for years in poetry circles in Europe, “Kinship” is now making its American debut - a quarter century after it was begun.

An Invitation to Misanthropes

• paperback
• 158 pp
• 6 x 9
• Dozens of b/w images throughout
• ISBN: 978-0-9895003-9-5
• $18.95


A Maryland native raised in Richmond, Virginia, Scott A. Rowan is the author of four previous books (Weaponized Baseball, The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World, Albert the Orca Explains Echolocation to The Super Fins, The Urban Cyclist’s Survival Guide) and the editor of two marine biology books about sharks (All About Sharks) and turtles (Today’s Dinosaurs). His publishing career began in 1995 and since then he’s a reporter and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Gaston (N.C.) Gazette, Estes Park (Colo.) Trail Gazette, Laurel (Md.) Leader and Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record; worked on nearly 1,500 books; and managed media relations for corporations in nine languages around the world. He currently lives in Virginia where he and his dog, Rocky, spent as much time in the mountains as possible.