And on page 32 the figure rejoins, "I hate the ocean. Because it is full of dead people."
Included in the book are travel diaries from Nilsen's trip to Columbia and from around North America and Europe.
Poetry is Useless encompasses seven years of Nilsen's sketchbook drawings, from 2007-2014, covering much of his comics career. Sure to satisfy committed Nilsen fans, it includes visual references to some of his past works, including Dogs & Water, Rage of Poseidon, and Big Questions. However, for those unfamiliar with Nilsen's past work, Poetry is Useless serves as a nice introduction to the artist and his unique approach to art and life.