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The Right No Perfect Paperback – 2012

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Somondoco Press (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 098538980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985389802
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,561,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Hathaway is one of the best under-the-radar poets writing today. When I read his work, I get a frank and perceptive viewpoint on 21st century life. He does much more than try to prove what a skillful lyrical poet he is, for he is skilled in presenting something more valuable than bland lyrics: something crankier, and much closer to the truth.
I like very much his poem The Box Turtle, which describes the efforts of a turtle to get to the other side of the road--and the way the world is organized to make even the thought of rescuing it seem impossible.

"Like a boat rowing across dirt
he has pawed his way almost
to the double yellow lines."

"Some nice woman might stop
like only a crazy dame like that would do
endangering all our precious goods and kids
for a goddam turtle."

We have all, I think, dismissed all hopes of rescuing the turtle. None of us are saints. But a surprising thing happens at the end of this poem.

"It breaks your heart.
So small, so ancient and doomed.
And look, some nut job's stopped
in the middle of the road!"

Small Business is a poem in which the mood of regret is undercut, self-mockingly, throughout--before we are transported by the very feeling that had been mocked.

"I wish all those now dead
would swing through a screen door
that would bang shut on the blackness
they came from.
I wish my mother could ask
where I'm going
so I could say `out' again
as I set out into the night humid
with time and the unknown."

Although Hathaway now writes "under the radar," don't buy his book as a way of rewarding a deserving poet. You should buy The Right No so you can read it--and discover how lively and true it is.
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