Magic Helicopter Press


by Lauren Ireland

Out of Print
5x7 | Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-9841406-7-1


These postcard poems by Lauren Ireland want to go down in history as a secret horror. You know how even leaving a place you hate is sad? These poems report the sugar-flavored blood like almost everyone is lonely, almost no one's amazing.

Cover design by Krysten Brown


Lauren Ireland is also the author of The Arrow, Sorry It's So Small, and Olga and Fritz. Currently, she lives in Seattle with her husband and her husband's cat.


July 14 and July 18 2010 in NOÖ Journal
April 1 2011 in Paper
October 13 2010 in Flavorwire


"Throughout the book, Ireland balances concerns with mortality, sadness, and other philosophical concepts with the celebration of hip-hop slang, poetic language, and irreverent juxtaposition. At her best, Ireland is able to draw on both snarky humor and genuine pathos at the same time; the humor eases the pain that surrounds it." — Daniel M. Shapiro at Heavy Feather Review

"These digressions prove less effective when they veer away from empathy, bypassing a deeper interrogation of the ways in which race, privilege, and place inform perspective."
Counterbalancing critical review raising important concerns at Scout

"These poems are funny and sharp and pretty. The goofiness in their abstract premise is absolutely not something that leads to a lack of effectiveness or soul, of real feeling or polish. If anything, the desperation of fan mail opens Ireland up to be as raw as the felt connection between a star and a stranger fully invested in someone they do not know at all." — CJ Opperthauser at Coldfront

"Lauren Ireland’s Dear Lil Wayne is about a lot of things: love and loneliness, fear and sadness. Obsession. Desire. Futility. Prison. Islands ... But mainly it’s about unrequitedness—of the fan to the celebrity, the poet to the reader and, implicitly, the lover to her object of affection/desire/obsession." — Justin Marks at Poetry Things

"Cheese fries, roller skating, dollar drafts, bad drugs, and of course Lil Wayne serve a higher purpose: the unraveling of our darkest moments. And never confined by realism, the poems veer easily into the territory of the mystical, the deep past, the fantastic." — Molly Dorozenski at Rain Taxi


"From the start it is clear that these poems, in the form of letters to the rapper in Rikers, are more than poetry. They are failed communications of longing." — Gabby Bess at Paper

"There are certain excerpts from this series of letters that are so hilariously bizarre they will make you laugh out loud. Dear Lil Wayne is a must-read for anyone in search of a fun and amusing book." — Malvern Books

"The deftness of Ireland’s words strikes a chord—her short letters may not hit their target audience (Weezy), but they sure hit home for readers. Though [Dear Lil Wayne] is painfully lonely at times, it spurs an instantaneous sense of belonging at its high points." — Kimberly Whitmer at Foxing Quarterly


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