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Book Notes: Christopher Salerno’s Minimum Heroic

Favorite lines:

where stage blood or sunlight

fills the hundreds of clear jellyfish splayed along the beach

(from “In the Golden Age of Counterfeiting)

&

Each night on the terrace where crows pick locks,

I paint my little crow gold, and it sings my new favorite

part and we go for a spin in a a good gear

(from “Whirl”)

&

The dog takes the leash in his mouth. A bottle rocket lay in the snow. A canary lay in the snow. I dreamt my father, uncle, brother were throwing pies at a bear. But there’s no pie in the ivy. No snowball in the sentence. No teeth coming down.

(from “IV. Exit [If the Blind Need Nudging:]”)

The one about the jellyfish is particularly right. I walk by jellyfish every morning on the Potomac. They’re all smudged up on the beach with that weird reddish brain. It looks like they were just tossed there like junk.  I will read more of this when I can.

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag, terrain.org, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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