The “fall” of That Fall is really many falls. It is the season, of course, but also the runway approach of a plane, the setting of the sun, the steady beat of rain. The fall from innocence, from health, from grace. Plunge of the Coney Island parachute, pratfall down steep stairs, descent into silence, madness, sleep. These 56 poems display an extraordinary range of texture, tone and subject matter, from passionate poems about childhood and AIDS to surreal snapshots of our times. These are poems which want us to laugh and cry – more often than not, at the same time.
Salmon Poetry, 2001, 97 pp. , www.salmonpoetry.com.
“Paul Genega is rapidly distinguishing himself as a major voice in contemporary American poetry.”