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How to Laugh is Miles Champion’s third book of poetry. As Steve Whitaker put it in the Yorkshire Times, “the interstitial quietus common to Champion’s many concrete excursions acts to vivify the text which it divides, so that the outrageous concatenation of everyday cultural artefacts is rendered explosive."


Miles Champion’s books include A Full Cone and How I Became a Painter, an illustrated interview with the English artist Trevor Winkfield. He has edited books by Larry Fagin, Ted Greenwald, and Tom Raworth, as well as, most recently, Not-So Stories by Glen Baxter, Clark Coolidge, and Larry Fagin. He lives in Brooklyn.


Adventures in Poetry began publishing in 1968 as a mimeographed “little magazine,” and continued through 1976 with individual pamphlets, featuring work by Ted Berrigan, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Anne Waldman, and many others. After a long hiatus, it began publishing books by established and new innovative writers that are available exclusively through Zephyr Press.

How to Laugh

  • How to Laugh

    Miles Champion


    63 pages


    ISBN 978-0-9761612-7-1

  • "Miles Champion uses just the necessary words, and puts them in interesting places: definitely hard to film." — Tom Raworth


    "There really is an intelligence to these that creates a texture unlike any other; I can't yet describe it, but it has to do with variable motions and rhythms, time signatures almost, that strike me as always alert, always attentive, always capable." — William Fuller


    “These poems are all inviting, and it seems to me that’s an amazingly rare quality in poems, and even this old Brit submits to the pleasure they give…. There’s radiance from all these poems.” — John Wilkinson

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