The poems here attempt to piece together the seminal, sometimes traumatic, events which forge identity and inform our lives. Spanning many decades – from his grandmother’s bootlegging days in the Great Depression, to the counterculture of the 60’s and 70’s, to the Bush invasion of Iraq – these poems are populated by a large, quirky cast of characters – some family members, many not – including a female impersonator, a trade journalist who aches to be a model, and a struggling New York actress with “a voice sultry as an Alabamian afternoon.” At turns elegiac and sardonic, All I Can Recall looks to the past to make sense of the present, employing the sharp light of poetry to illuminate memory’s dark corners.
Salmon Poetry, 2013, 72 pp. www.salmonpoetry.com.
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