The Hartford Book by Samuel Amadon
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center)

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Poetry. In Samuel Amadon's intense, second collection, a sequence of meditative and darkly comic postmodern narratives about what it is like to be from Hartford, Connecticut, we stagger with the speaker down the streets of his still-present past, together with a motley cast of crackheads, liars, scoundrels, and unlikely heroes. "The speaker is on the rack and only timidly aware of the torture he cannot help wreaking. Our poetry will never be the same now Amadon has spoken, our language can be entirely different. Happily for us" Richard Howard.

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Samuel Amadon is the author of the poetry collection Like a Sea (University Of Iowa Press, 2010). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, A Public Space, Boston Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Tin House, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Houston.
Published April 3, 2012 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center. 74 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“My mother says Asylum Avenue’s/ the wrong place to start,” begins one early poem, “because the neighborhood’s still// too nice which makes me think/ my mother hasn’t been/ paying attention and doesn’t know// what drug dealers look like.” In this plainspoken, youthful, but wearily...

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