Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Coyote by Alex Odom
Alex Odom's poetry collection, Coyote, is about growth, masculinity, time and space, and the natural world.
"This collection introduces an unexpected voice to poetry, at times philosophical, often plain-spoken, unabashedly male, but searching, asking, without embarrassment or fear, questions contemporary culture in its cynicism, too often pretends not to ask: "So I hope for dreams like roadmaps--signs that point to absolution. Because, in my waking hours, I long for places I don't yet know I've seen." Oh don't we all? If Rod Serling had been a blue-collar poet from Virginia, writing being alive in the 21st century, this is the work he would have written."
-Mary Carroll-Hackett, author of The Real Politics of Lipstick, Slipstream Press, and the forthcoming Animal Soul from Kattywompus Press
In rolling lines of prose poems, we are in the very real world of Southern Ohio back roads, butterfly knives, scorched earth, rainy diesel exhaust… But, it’s not just the gritty and beautiful details that drive these poems—Odom is in it for the machinery of manhood, transformation, and the deep waters beneath. It’s when we walk around the flawed world with these strange bodies—that’s when Coyote comes alive, these heavy metal poems blasting all around him.
-Jan Beatty, author of Mad River, Bone Shaker, and Red Sugar, University of Pittsburgh Press
"Coyote is beautifully abrasive, with language that has been polished like marble is polished, until it is both smooth and sharp-edged. Odom explores the actions and interactions, the connections and contradictions, inherent in a basic, yet complex question: What does it mean now to be a "good man"? Negotiating a minefield (as well as a mindfield) of physical, spiritual, natural, emotional, mechanical and even digital terrain, Odom writes about working with steel and
stone, about punches thrown and taken; but also about silence and fear and the hard-won perspective gained from just living on the planet... and paying attention."
-Robert Gray, contributing editor, Shelf Awareness