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DOUGLAS KEARNEY SHO

Come here. Come here. Come here. Come here.

Kearney’s prosody is miraculous. Explosive double beats launch the lines or hit the break like a hi-hat. Slant rhymes suggest infinite puns, but Kearney sometimes downshifts from complexity and just cruises around the neighborhood. Formalism as syncopation and signification: I can’t think of another writer as gifted as Kearney is at sound.

Ken Chen, NPR Books

Sho exemplifies the daring possibilities for poetry today. Despite the devastation held within our lexicon, words hold the dazzling potential that we can rise through language to “come up clutching what is under— / come back striking / what’s above.”

—CD Eskilson, The Arkansas International

DOUGLAS KEARNEY SHO (Wave Poetry) at the Dispensary

By Kirby

Poet. Book Fairy. Publisher knife | fork | book

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