Poetry. "Surfaces pass through surfaces" in this short poetic sequence in which we witness a silence gradually gaining on the words which, although eventually eroded, becomes more powerful for it. "Watson's book moves in stuttering rhythms, broken syntax and logic. Still, the clustered phrases propel us forward because they are, we discover, purposeful and replete. The propelling energy comes partly from the use of short imperatives, from the subtle music, from the mystery, and from the discovered urgency of what the book is expressing. (a grim wonder, and longing for definition of the absent or bleached-out self) Watson reminds us of Beckett in his landscape of language that is both 'the loss' and 'the icon of loss.' A book of intelligence and heart"—Frank Stewart, American Book Review.
Craig Watson is the author of eleven books and chapbooks. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals since 1982. His recent book SECRET HISTORIES (Burning Deck, 2007) completes a trilogy that includes FREE WILL (Roof Books, 2000) and TRUE NEWS (Instance Press, 2002). Among other considerations, these books traverse the languages and silences that by turn construct and erase history, even as its actual subjects struggle to endure. His latest collection, SLEEPWALKING WITH ORPHEUS, was published by Shearsman Books in 2011.Author City: JAMESTOWN, RI USA