Mercer's Poems
How To Win At Life by Being A Smug, Self-Righteous, Smarmy, Grinning, Self-Help Twat

My book, How To Win At Life By Being A Smug, Self-Righteous, Smarmy, Grinning, Self-Help Twat, (let’s just refer to it as ‘How To Win At Life…’ from here!), is now available in paperback and Kindle format via Amazon. 

A strange mixture of personal philosophy, positive poetry and anti-platitudes. Having struggled with mental health issues, I have in the past been tempted to try to help myself via the self-help route - only to find that route blocked by samey, cheesy, horrific works there not to provide assistance to people in desperation, but to extract money from those in need. There was a lack of humanity in these books. Human beings reduced to little more than easily programmable machines - they felt, to me, horrible to read. So, this is my version. This is my satirical, yet poignant, look at the human condition and how it can be improved.

Here are some reviews:

"With equal doses of humor, reality and caring, How to Win throws away the self-serving, faux-cheerful platitudes and challenges the reader to redefine what it means to be successful.

Mr. Mercer’s style reminds me of a friend who cares enough to tell you, for your own good, that you’re on the wrong path. In a world filled with books that encourage narcissism and self serving behavior, How to Win at Life is a refreshing kick in the behind. Highly recommended for anyone who has a sense of humor.”
Amy Rohde 

"The cover of Mercer’s second volume is somewhat deceptive. While the author indeed writes with a good deal of humor, this is a thoughtful book with a good deal of life wisdom tucked in around the self-deprecation and biting sarcasm. Don’t come here if you are looking for smug platitudes and heartwarming tales of triumph over adversity, Mercer does not pull his punches even in this more ‘jolly’ collection. Still this is an entertaining read that gently reminds the reader to be kinder to himself, to accept and allow the kindnesses of others and above all, to love.

I cannot recommend this author enough, and this particular book makes an excellent gift for the more thoughtful people on your holiday list.”

So grab a copy of ‘How To Win At Life…’ today and have it as a talking point on your bookshelf. 

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And be sure to click the ‘Like’ button on Amazon. Even if you don’t buy it, just because you like me and I’m nice and that! :D 

Peace and love.

Alcoholic Ambling and Suicide Scribblings

My first poetry compilation, Alcoholic Ambling and Suicide Scribblings, is available now in Kindle and paperback formats. 

Alcoholic Ambling and Suicide Scribblings is a collection of poems detailing my battles with alcohol, depression and anxiety over the last few years. It features a mixture of styles and tones, but has an overriding theme of misery - but with an undercurrent of hope. These poems mean a lot to me, and came at very difficult times. One was written at a particularly low ebb, but all were written with the same visceral imagery and out and out passion. 

Here are a few reviews taken from Amazon:

"While it seems everyone fancies himself a poet on the Internet, they are in fact quite rare. Karl Mercer is one of those elusive creatures. Writing firmly from the vantage point of a young man struggling with depression in a time of deepening social and economic misery for us all, Mercer is brutally honest with himself and with the reader. This volume pins both society and self under the magnifying glass, in all their grim reality, and yet somehow Mercer digs through the heaps of debris and comes up hopeful for all of us. I highly recommend not only this volume, but all of Mercer’s writings wherever you find them." 

"Anything I might right would not do justice to these poems. Powerful, harrowing, passionate, comforting, and true. Reminds me of some of Rumi’s writings but with the edge of the 21 century. As an old Quaker says: This book of poems speaks to my condition." 
Jenny Eyles

this is a really fun to read book. it’s a very intimate and well written book of poetry. i had to read all of it almost at once. i found it relatable, honest and not the slightest bit pretentious. great for life long poetry readers and anyone just getting into it.

"Absolutely fascinating! Karl Mercer show’s his truest personality through every page of this collection (including the intro). Not only is it an enjoyable read, it is easy to relate to and comprehend on a million different levels. I, seriously, have read this collection at least five times before I realized his second edition was released…. and then read it again! This is one of those books where the reader can relate to some on one day, others on a different day and find more on a third. Beautiful, hypnotic, insightful, touching and emotional."
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Peace and Love