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Tom Lavazzi

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Poetry. “This is a propitious debut collection of true poetry. From the opening image, the reader is cast off-balance and made to pay close attention to a language that is both realistic, familiar, and magical. The tone is sly but not without humor and shades of fear. The casual approach of ‘I could go on as usual,’ is a fine decoy for the deeper currents of this authentic poetry”–Barry Wallenstein. “In LIGHTSOUT, Tom Lavazzi picks up where Simic leaves off, offering up achingly powerful utterances, hauntingly clear successions of moments, from loss and isolation to recognition and reconciliation. His is an apt poetic voice, arresting in its maturity, starkly honest at the opening of the 21st century and in the depth of troubled and troubling interpersonal times. These are poems which dig themselves out from a culture’s moral grave toward the light; from an exile of imposed somnolescence in search of sense and sentience. How fitting that the poet leaves us with his hands opening in the rai

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