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Short Houses With Wide Porches Perfect Paperback – April 30, 2008
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Send a blues traveler down to live in Jack Kerouac s house in Florida, let him compose on his 28 Underwood and tack dithyrambic hymns to the wall while Monk and Parker hold court, invite Bessie Smith, Han-Shan, and William Matthews in at the end of the day, imagine discourse-sparks and music-flares rising into the tinderbox night, and then imagine that those mad laments and ecstatic songs are coming from one voice, and that voice is talking to you quietly and thoughtfully, and all that superabundant life has been channeled into the fine excess of his music. The poems of Christopher Watkins are astonishing. --Ted Deppe, author of Children of the Air (Alice James Books), The Wanderer King (Alice James) and Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Books, Ireland).
In the poems of this debut collection, Christopher Watkins carries on the tradition of the man in whose house many of them were written, stalking the moment and playing it out like a musician on three vintage typewriters, always attuned to the clear vibration that sounds unmistakably when craft accompanies spontaneity. Here are poems both tender and wild, moist as rotting leaves,/ dank as garbage,/ ripe with life. --Jeffrey Harrison, (author of four full-length books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath
The poems of Christopher Watkins are, at once, tender, shrewdly observed and enormously vital. This is a first collection that has the stamp of authenticity, of life fully lived and fully written.
--Baron Wormser (former Poet Laureate of Maine)
About the Author
Christopher Watkins is a poet and songwriter. His poems are appearing or have appeared in Hayden s Ferry Review, The GW Review, Slipstream, Euphony, Talking River, and Red Rock Review, among others. He was the Fall 2006 Writer-in-Residence at The Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program at The University of Southern Maine. As a songwriter, he has released five albums under the name Preacher Boy and has received a Gold Record for his songwriting work with Grammy-winning artist Eagle-Eye Cherry.