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  • By Dave Morrison
    Aug 8, 2012
    Dave Morrison is wide awake and paying attention. This latest collection is a testament to his ability to transform ordinary scenes into potent, lively poetry. “fail” is loaded with poems that are honest, exuberant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Morrison’s imagination surprises and delights in poems such as “Fly”: "In one way was my father was not ordinary. / He could fly. / I was the only one who knew." With “fail”, Dave Morrison invites us to a poetry party, where the guests are unique characters, and singular moments abound. You won’t want to miss it. (Sudasi Clement, Poetry Editor, Santa Fe Literary Review) “Fail” does not fail to impress - these poems embrace a truth that includes success and screw-ups, love and loss, laughter and life. Poems such as “Fly” and “For the 9-Year-Old Victim” make us think about what preciously short lives we have, those like “Keith Moon” and “The Old Depression” lead to reflections on dreams and purpose and chances and... More > self-destruction, while poems like “Marathon Man” and “My Jump Rope Song” and “Poetry Rocks” remind us how vital it is to laugh (and laugh at ourselves). These poems feel circular, as, after finishing the book, I came back to the first poem for the completion: “maybe / the only real question is ‘Is it / me? Is it truly me?’…” That’s the question all good poetry asks of us. If we answer “Hell yes” as Morrison does, we’re following the right road. And, if Morrison is your walking companion, you’ll enjoy a scenic, poetic view. (Donna Marie Merritt, Poet at, Author of What’s Wrong with Ordinary?)< Less
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June 6, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.37 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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