Poetry. Taking its title from a song by the Memphis musician Harlan T. Bobo, ZIPPERS AND JEANS tells the story of a man who upon having his heart broken finds that he can commune with inanimate objects. At regular intervals, the real world leans in on our loveless speaker, cajoling him through the language of Anglo-Saxon riddles, plying him with snapshots of the past, pushing him on his search for the simple life. Along the way, the reader will find a series of short essays on the aesthetics of vernacular culture, which focus on topics such as mass-produced musical instruments, professional wrestling, and the history of deadpan comedy. Like the story of unrequited love, each of these topics relate back to the central trajectory of the book, a descent into the cultural mythology of Memphis.
J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor, working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including linguistics, architecture, visual arts and black studies. He received his PhD in English at Duke University, his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his BA in English at Rhodes College. He is the author of Southern Colortype (Three Count Pour, 2013) and the editor of Lute & Drum: An Online Arts Quarterly. He teaches in the Honors College at Purdue University. When he is not writing or talking about writing, he can be found behind the three-point line, working on his shot.
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