By John Repp
I comprehend I’m preserving a very good e-book in my hand whilst i take advantage of the opposite to name my acquaintances and browse poems to them. How beneficiant John Repp is! He zooms in at the second, yet he’s regularly glancing at every little thing that surrounds it. His humorous poems have darkish hearts, simply because the unhappy ones are truly written via somebody in a position to belly-shaking laughter. They inform superb tales, but they include chewy little nuggets which are frequently detached or even adverse to tale. I’ve stated somewhere else poem both writes you a payment or sends you a invoice, and fats Jersey Blues writes me tests quicker than i will be able to money them. Oh, and those poems make me do whatever else that the nice ones constantly do: while I hung up after studying “Bob Johnson” or “The Maltese Falcon” or “Balcony” to a pal, I sat right down to write myself.—David Kirby, writer of The Biscuit Joint
Saturated with the particularity of position, fats Jersey Blues dramatizes an international right away real and mythic, pleased and desolate. As American as this ebook is, Proust involves brain while studying it, time slowed to the pace of a large river sweeping all that's mortal towards its inevitable finish. As Repp writes, “… how can these days & those & the entire others I can’t fit/into no matter what I’m asserting the following be lived by means of one person?” fortunate for us, he’s made all “those days and those” healthy into this excellent book.—Lynn Emanuel, writer of Noose and Hook
How wealthy the trove of non-public, musical, and literary wisdom John Repp brings to this go back to the hot Jersey of his early years. the nice and cozy, grownup gaze in the back of even the angers and disappointments in those poems is what i like in them.—Eric Torgersen, writer of Heart.Wood
John Repp’s poems undergo the load of years as they strip away pretensions of all kinds. Who else may well write a completely discovered poem that so hilariously praises and corrects one other poet, “My Wife’s Ass (or ‘You Annoy Me, Matthew Dickman!’)”? even if sorrowing or comical, fats Jersey Blues is rarely predictable.—Lee Upton, writer of The Tao of Humiliation
These are poems of beauty and intimacy, trained with earned knowledge and nice center. whilst "Blueberry (or 'Another Summer-of-1975 Poem')"—one of the simplest narrative poems anywhere—urges you to "Gather with me within the kitchen the place the floorboards/ sag & squeak… " settle for the invitation. you'll go back to fats Jersey Blues usually, thankful to be reminded how infrequent and crucial poets of John Repp’s quality are.—Linda Lee Harper, writer of Kiss, Kiss
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