Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
“Tao Lin’s poetry passes by slacker era irony and self–indulgent formalism to dig up something deeper and more human, even when that something seems on first reading to merely be depressed hamsters.”—Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Little Things
In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, a 23-year-old person attempts to explain to himself the possible origins, ends, and cures of anger, worry, despair, obsession, and confusion, while concurrently experiencing those things in various contexts including a romantic relationship, a book of poetry, and the arbitrary nature of the universe.
“Prodigal, unpredictable.”—Paste Magazine
“ A revolutionary.”—The Stranger
“I admire Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy because it finds a tone that perfectly accommodates the experience of an untenable moral position, one in which knowledge of one’s power necessitates a powerlessness.” —Constant Critic
“Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is worth several readings.” —Brooklyn Rail
“I hope this new publisher uses my blurb this time. I was a little sad that the other one didn’t use it. They could have sold tens of copies if they’d put my blurb on that book. But this book is better; these poems are serious and funny and more than they appear. I am a big fan of Tao Lin’s writing and this book makes me happy.” —Matthew Rohrer, author of A Green Light and Rise Up