Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!)

Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title.

Written by¬†Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby or toddler’s point of view–if your baby or toddler happens to have an acerbic wit, a huge vocabulary, and also thinks you’re a complete and total tool.

I have absolutely no idea how she does it, but Weber somehow manages to simultaneously make you laugh and get you a little verklempt with her hilarious poetry. Maybe it’s because she absolutely nails what our babies would tell us if they could. Like in the poem, “Nipple Confusion”: You didn’t give birth to an idiot. I’m not confused. I just know what I like.

It’s all a little bit twisted and a whole lot of fun–apparently, just the way I like my poetry. –Lexi

Get a peek into your wee one’s psyche with Suzanne Weber‘s To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?

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