Poetry. "[A]nd what does it say? words / and words and celluloid / gone crisper take / the world in your hands the world / holds your hands take / the powder dispersed / and feel so warm and huddled down / in bed where dreams come differently / from nothing / but sequence scared / and scared get phantom rickshaw / come to pick you up / for the darktown strutters say / my feet have heavy shoes and now / the line of the train is called / shuttery kodak..." The first substantial collection available from Larry Kearney in two decades, since Streaming (O Books/Trike, 1988), this book collects two new works. One exceptional long long poem--"everything goes but the poem"--stretches over some 60 pages, the extended lyric. It's joined by one shorter long poem, "Calliope," some of the parts of which are pictures, some of the words of which are others' words. All together, they make a curious music: "catch your breath and put it in the mayonaisse jar, with the cricket."
Larry Kearney was born in Brooklyn in 1943. His father was from Galway, his mother from Glasgow, and they were good people. After attending Brooklyn Technical High School and Harpur College, he moved to San Francisco in 1964, where his first book, Fifteen Poems, was published that year by Graham MacIntosh at White Rabbit Press. Other publications followed, including Dead Poem (White Rabbit), Five (Tombouctou), Kidnapped (Foot), Oz and Damaged Architecture (Smithereens), Streaming (Trike/O Books), Passion, Transmission, and The Only Available Substance/Please Keep My Word (with Sarah Menefee) from Worm in the Rain Publications, a personal press through which he has published a large number of titles. He lives in Northern California. Author City: LARKSPUR, CA USA