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Edward Butscher:

Dusty Dog
1904-A Gladden
Gallup NM, 87301

24 pp., $3.00

This is Butscher's second in an ongoing sequence of lyrical poetry sets. Almost like a spoken anthem he leads us to visualize experiences. "...two bodies locked in spasms/ of butterfly debris, the cheerleader/ I worshipped from sidewall eyes/ and a collapsed football star." There is a vivid and urgent potency, a suffocating possessiveness in Butscher's work; something intensely personal, a sense of being outgunned by life; inspiration from disaster, melded with erotic nervous appeal, and the collapse of dreams. "fins erect/ gills done/ tail aflame/ for an assault upon/ absence without end."--R.R. Lee Etzwiler

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #4,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press