This book is upfront about things, about everything that’s going on in the minutiae of everyday life. It’s not a miracle cure but it might help. Plus it’s really funny and entertaining too, which helps.
Jordan Castro’s if i really wanted to feel happy i’d feel happy already is the first book-length work I’ve ever read to feature exclusively ironic exclamation points.”
– The Tangential
i feel strongly the possibility that i will never feel any other way than the way i’m feeling now
every time i feel something
which may or may not mean i feel that all the time
i understand too that this is not true
which can cause me to feel happy
sad or indifferent
–from “the cyclical, binary nature of thoughts and emotions”
“Jordan Castro’s if i really wanted to feel happy i’d feel happy already is one of my favorite books. I feel consistently delighted, excited, emotional, amused, intellectually stimulated while reading it and rereading it and thinking about it. I highly recommend it and am glad it exists.”
—Tao Lin, author of Taipei
“Jordan Castro is a thin man. This is why the inner fat man inside of me wants to hate him. But I don’t. Jordan Castro is one of those true poets whose poems don’t feel like poems. When you read most poems it makes you feel like you’re fasting. This is how empty most poems feel. Castro’s poems are different. They are full of carbs and girls and life and recklessness and wildness and flesh. They fill me up. They make me feel hungry for more. I read them and I eat. I read them and I eat. I grow large with this rock and roll and life. Fifty years from now, people will read these poems and whisper, ‘I want to be young again. I want to be young again.’” And it will be so.”
—Scott McClanahan, author of Hill William
JORDAN CASTRO (b. 1992) is the author of the poetry books if i really wanted to feel happy i’d feel happy already and YOUNG AMERICANS. His work has been published by Thought Catalog, Hobart, Muumuu House, The Fanzine. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio.