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Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum

Callie Garnett

illustrated by Tallulah Pomeroy

Poetry | $12 $9
Fall 2015
Out of Print
"...a fairytale catnap of “loose arousal” in a field where the bums are always winning." — Alli WarrenHallelujah, I'm a Bum is an old rag bearing new news. Taking its title from Al Jolson's Depression-era musical about a "happy hobo" occupying Central Park, this collection sends his tin-pan patter clattering into wholly novel regions of our current evening.Excerpt ˇ


Last night I dreamt again of ad Santa

His blonde locks tumbled from the hat like fake chest hair

Around him we stood ourselves

In loose arousal

We probably will have to raft.Close ˆ

About the Author

Callie Garnett
Callie Garnett was born and raised in Brooklyn. Having completed a masters in English from the University of Iowa, she now works for Bloomsbury Publishing. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum is her first published collection.

Other Contributors

Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy is an illustrator from England. She interned at Ugly Duckling Presse, and then worked as Production Apprentice. Hallelujah I'm a Bum is her first illustrated book. See her drawings at or @tallulahpom.

Advance Praise

When I was a kid, those around me used “bum” as hate speech, which was just one slur on a long and vicious list (I’m so bored with the U.S.A.). So I’m happy that Callie Garnett’s Hallelujah, I’m a Bum celebrates all manner of bumming (linguistic, logical) with these playful, surreal songs. Read this chapbook to take a fairytale catnap of “loose arousal” in a field where the bums are always winning.—Alli Warren
This is a seriously scrappy poem. Garnett's ear and humor and ear for humor delight and estrange-- she peals apart the whole bum thing then throws it right back at and on you. Hallelujah! "Heaven no more understand."—Rod Smith