I really like Jeff Alessandrelli's DON'T LET ME FORGET TO FEED THE SHARKS, and you will too. The movement of these poems is just amazing to watch; right in front of your eyes the lines go unexpectedly from one thing to the next and shift in tone, but you never feel anything but happy to follow them, because Jeff's voice is incredibly confident. You just want him to keep talking. As Jeff points out, "Robert Creeley Was Occasionally Sentimental & So Am I" . I wouldn't call these sentimental as much as I would call them real. These are poems written by a real person.
Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press, 2011). Recent work appears in Octopus, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, Laurel Review, Western Humanities Review, Sentence, Hotel Amerika and Quarterly West, among others. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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