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Tiny Footcrunch Paperback – May 2, 2018
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David Wasserman is a product of New England. After growing up in Connecticut, he graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in English Literature and Elementary Education. A master's degree in special education and ten years teaching later, David returned to poetry. It had been calling to him through the growing noise of texts tweets beeps buzzing ringing - and finally got through in its own tiny way. David currently teaches second grade and lives in the mostly quiet woods of Connecticut with his wife and a daughter. He likes to sit with a local craft beer and notebook on his front porch - pause and breathe in the crisp woodsy air chin up and eyes happily closed. "Tiny Footcrunch" is David's first book.
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a certain line
lingers in my mind
These lines from the preface perfectly encapsulate the central promise of Wasserman's "Tiny Footcrunch": to offer the reader inspiration and insight via digestible and nourishing texts. While the image of lighting suggests a visionary flash, Wasserman's twist here is to compare lines of poetry to ball lighting in particular -- a contained and sustainable illumination that is no less thrilling. Throughout his collection, Wasserman delivers on this metaphor thanks to his knack for witty juxtapositions, his humane outlook, and an ear for both the breath and the music of language.
The book tracks its way through 10 emotions, starting at sadness and ending at hope. It's a nice framework that offers narrative to the mixture, but at times I found myself at quite different emotional destinations than advertised. I would recommend interpreting the sections as "serving suggestions" and forming your own conclusions about each poem's sense and feeling. The only emotion I found unnecessary was Humor -- because in fact humor is a tool that Wasserman frequently deploys throughout the book.
Far and away the strongest part of the collection is Wasserman's approach to Love. Here he writes with an instinctive tenderness that grants the otherwise tiny texts an astonishingly expansive effect. "Tiny Footcrunch" also ends well, with some of the most refreshing specimens in the final section, Hope. I really want to quote my favorite, but an important point comes to mind: Wasserman has also placed significant care into the visual arrangement of his poems, and the form strongly supports (or sometimes reconstructs) the meaning. I wouldn't do the lines justice by changing the alignment -- so I'd say just give this outstanding book a read and pick a favorite of your own.
In short, "Tiny Footcrunch" is a generous and promising first book from this author. Thanks and congratulations to Unsolicited Press for publishing this, and I look forward to future volumes from Wasserman.