Written by James Sallis
“The world has long been full of praise for Jim Sallis’s crime novels’ poetic prose and richly-described landscapes. It is time that we simply call Sallis a poet, one who depicts and reveals our inner landscape. These poems are both musical and plainspoken; they do not employ “exalted speech” (as he says, “we fought it. Took barrooms / home to bed, the American idiom, real warts / on imaginary frogs”) but instead use language for the best reasons, to “find beauty, try to understand, survive.”
–Katrina Vandenberg, author of Atlas and co-author of Marriages
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