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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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.

TAO LIN is the author of the novel Eeeee Eee Eeee, the poetry collection Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and the poetry chapbook You Are A Little Bit Happier Than I Am. His stories, poems, essays and criticisms (he once reviewed the audience at one his readings for Seattle’s The Stranger) have appeared in Noon, Nerve, Esquire, Bear Parade, The Agriculture Reader, and the Mississippi Review. His most recent novel is Richard Yates.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York. His blog is called

”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