Poetry. African American Studies. DEAR HERO, is a crime scene investigation disguised as a love letter. The Hero's Journey is lined with caution tape. Our prayers have been subpoenaed. The bloodstained altars are being processed for DNA. Immortals lie on the autopsy table, and our narrator is checking the gods' entrails for clues, for any signs of hope.
"Like Gary Jackson's Missing You, Metropolis, Jason McCall is a poet who walks around with a book full of lyrical needles, letting the air out of heroicballoons, not because he can, but to help us see the outlines of ourselves sharper, clearer. What the Gods calls flaws, this fast-talking yet tender poet calls living."—Cornelius Eady
"McCall's DEAR HERO, follows the melancholy heartbeat behind our love of superheroes—the brokenness of humanity, our struggles with power and powerlessness, the fate of the outsider to long to be a savior. His forthright language is laced with both humor and longing, the desire to break boundaries and limitations almost palpable."—Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jason McCall is from the great state of Alabama, where he currently teaches at the University of Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been featured in Cimmaron Review, Fickle Muses, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Poems & Plays, and other journals. His previous collections include Silver (Main Street Rag, 2011), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and DEAR HERO, (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013).
Author City: Tuscaloosa, AL USA