Poetry. "These dark fables, written in a language 'born of rage,' furiously peel back the veneer of the world we think we know. Part fairy tale, part dream, these poems explore a region where the ordinary and the fantastic overlap, where a smile can get a job, and where identities are fluid and interchangeable. Many poems are set in exotic locations—Corfu, Bali, Mexico, Ukraine—but they all merge to create a discrete, elemental landscape, a poetic geography where this remarkable collection plays out. In one poem, 'a boy and girl court each other by telling ghost stories.' Gerald Fleming's NIGHT OF PURE BREATHING is a collection that seduces the reader in just that way. Hold onto your socks; you're in for a ride."—Gary Young
Gerald Fleming is the author of five books of poetry including THE BASTARD AND THE BISHOP (Hanging Loose Press, 2021), ONE (Hanging Loose Press, 2017), THE CHOREOGRAPHER (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013), NIGHT OF PUR BREATHING (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), and SWIMMER CLIMBING ONTO SHORE (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2005) and numerous books for teachers. He taught for thirty-seven years in San Francisco's public schools, has edited literary magazines traditional, epistolary, and vitreous, and recently edited THE COLLECTED POETRY AND PROSE OF LAWRENCE FIXEL (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2020). He lives most of the year in the Far West, and, if there's no plague occurring, part of the year in Paris.
Author City: LAGUNITAS, CA USA