Poetry. "From the ugly stick to the dirty martini Jeffrey Morgan uncovers much to cry shame about in this book of crumbling points and ambiguous figures. Cry shame? I mean to suggest that there's much exquisite articulation here, meaning jointedness, meaning mano-a-mano encounters of the most uncertain kind, meaning a way—all through the book—of breaking-it-down that's always verging on both collapse and a way of teasing out desire. Here, reading strategies rub torsos with rescue strategies; 'an insatiable loneliness' butts up against being bored. But Morgan's gaze is always up-tunnel, if you know what I mean; the power's in Morgan's ability to look and look and look. No one—neither rescuer nor castaway, not commuter, not gentle or base reader—walks away whole from CRYING SHAME"—C. S. Giscombe.
Jeffrey Morgan is the author of CRYING SHAME (BlazeVOX [BOOKS], 2011) and THE LAST NOTE BECOMES ITS LISTENER (Conduit Books & Ephemera, 2019). He was a National Poetry Series Finalist in 2017, and his poems appear in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Verse Daily, and West Branch, among others. He lives in Bellingham, WA.Author City: BELLINGHAM, WA USA