A poetry book written by local author Bob MacLaughlin and released in late May went into its second printing within two weeks, according to its publisher.

“It’s the fastest sellout ever for any our books,” says Alice Persons, editor and publisher of Moon Pie Press in Westbrook. “Granted, we’re not talking huge press runs for poetry books, but for us, it’s a pretty big deal.”

The book chronicles the dementia of MacLaughlin’s father as well as variety of other subjects. The title poem shows how a runaway cane led to a father-son moment of laughter. Other Alzheimer’s pieces touch on the difficulty for loved ones of not being recognized; the challenge of taking away the car keys; and the unnerving discovery of a gun in the underwear drawer.

Other topics covered in “Faulty Wiring” include teaching a bird to fly (and hit a curveball), learning the realities of breast cancer, watching kids skip class to protest war, running in the shadows of wrongful conviction and discovering cures for depressed poets.

MacLaughlin has been a newspaper sportswriter, magazine editor and advertising copywriter. He once wrote a column decrying the outrageous price ($25) of Ali-Frazier ringside seats.

MacLaughlin’s “Faulty Wiring: the Alzheimer’s poems and other memories,” is the 61st book published by Moon Pie, which was founded in 2005. Among its Maine authors are H.R. Coursen, Ted Bookey, Nancy Henry, Claire Hersom and Camden’s Dave Morrison, whose “Black Boat Black Water Black Sand” received strong reviews in 2009. Poems by Moon Pie Poets have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio’s “Writer’s Almanac” 24 times.

Persons attributes the early success of “Faulty Wiring” to the crossover appeal of the Alzheimer’s part of the book and to the fact that MacLaughlin himself is known outside of poetry circles. He is, for example, the voice of Hammond Lumber Company television and radio commercials. His recent television interview can be seen at wabi.tv.

“Faulty Wiring” can be ordered online from Moon Pie Press at moonpiepress.com and also is available at local bookstores including the Owl & Turtle in Camden; and The Reading Corner and Rock City Books & Coffee in Rockland.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.