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I know I'm holding a good book in my hand when I use the other to call my friends and read poems to them...Oh, and these poems make me do something else that the good ones always do: when I hung up after reading 'Bob Johnson' or 'The Maltese Falcon' or 'Balcony' to a friend, I sat down to write myself." David Kirby, National Book Award Finalist for The House on Boulevard St.
When 'Blueberry (or "Another Summer-of-1975 Poem")'--one of the best narrative poems anywhere--urges you to 'Gather with me in the kitchen where the floorboards/sag & squeak...' accept the invitation. You will return to Fat Jersey Blues often, grateful to be reminded how rare and essential poets of John Repp's caliber are." Linda Lee Harper, author of Kiss, Kiss
As American as this book is, Proust comes to mind when reading it, time slowed to the tempo of a wide river sweeping all that is mortal toward its inevitable end." Lynn Emanuel, author of Noose and Hook
These are stories firmly located in the American landscape of social class and struggle, stories of people operating on the margins, struggling to get by, struggling to define what 'getting by' means...We know these people, and through these stories, we know their bruised hearts." Jim Daniels, Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English, Carnegie Mellon University