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Poetry. LEVON HELM is Jason Morris' first full-length collection, a picaresque situated in the drum and voice of mind. Like the drummer-singer with whom it shares a name, its influences are broad but firmly American. Along with bits torn from the edges of Moby-Dick and The Maltese Falcon, it mines the margins of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. As it takes stock of the immediacy and scale of places in the American West like Pinnacles and the Puget Sound, its psychic roots dig a haunted, old New England. These lyric poems are takes on human memory in geological time, as interested in their own asides and parentheticals as they are in the elements.
Jason Morris was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in San Francisco. His chapbooks are Spirits & Anchors (Auguste Press, 2010), From the Golden West Notebooks (Allone Co., 2011), Local News (Bird & Beckett Books, 2013), TAKES (Bootstrap Press, 2015), and Late to Practice (Dirty Swan, 2017). LEVON HELM (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) is his first full-length collection. For seven years, he was the editor of Big Bell magazine; with J Grabowski, he founded the small press PUSH.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA