|Subject: Book info request|
|From: "Tom Sheehan" |
|Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 09:43:27 -0400|
Here stories and poems are paeans to family and friends, past and present, drawing the reader in, in an almost subversive way, becoming an intimate, engaged immediately and caring deeply about the people and places met and encountered. Here's a book that gives a place to the weak, the silent and the forgotten. Literature damn well better give them all a shot, for frailty is ours without a doubt and will ever be with us. All heroes are vulnerable, or they are Supermen. Remembered are comrades from Korea, alive or dead, and the frailest imaginable soldier of all, frightened and glassy-eyed and knowing he is hapless, one foot onto the soil at D-Day, going down, but not to be forgotten, not here.
This Rare Earth & Other Flights: (order from Lit Pot Press)
It is a library of a book, harboring countless lives. The poems soar into four parts, each emphasizing one field in the poet's exploration of existence and its layers of delight and grief. These four parts are “In the Hearth and Self,” “In the universe,” “In the Confrontation,” and “The Air Around Me.” There’s no faking in the singing of life in spite of death's relentless intrusions, nothing artificial, and everything comes out truer, through doors in our hearts we too often forget to leave open.
The Westering: (order from Wind River Press)
Tom Sheehan traverses youth, old age, and the ocean in between in The Westering, the third release in Wind River Press’ chapbook series. He says of his grandfather John Igoe, in the poem "The Weeder," ...When he looks at me, it’s never/ sidelong or indirect, he speaks not of weather,/never asks what hour it is. He hears the lonely/loon, the frog bloating, the sun hiss.