This eclectic mix of poetry covers a wide variety of topics from poet Don McIver. Serious issues like religion, personal tragedy, hypocrisy, unsuccessful careers, failed relationships, and homelessness mix with the not-so-serious topics of golf, cars, Star Wars, and macaroni to contribute to McIver's quest for self-discovery.The Noisy Pen clearly shows why McIver was voted as runner-up for the "Best Spoken Word Artist" in 1999 by readers of The Alibi and was chosen as one of the "40 under 40" by The New Mexico Business Weekly."McIver's work works. When you have a leak you call a plumber, when you need a poem with no pretension, that rolls up its sleeves and gets the job done you call McIver. He's dependable, he shows up, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. His poems make you laugh and make you understand the word dedication. Poetry is his job."-Gary Mex Glazner, author of Ears on Fire: Snapshot Essays in a World of Poets and How to Make a Living as a Poet."Don builds us his world, which is the mission of a poet, missing nothing in the detail, to pronounce forward in the turn of his words, the tune of his own voice, a world for us to inhabit & share. McIver's joy is articulation, a verbal walking on the Earth in the reality of the best a poet can be."-Larry Goodell, author of Here on Earth.