Joe's use of what Lyn Hejinian calls "the political truth of grief" is incredible. It took me two tries until I could read the section "Eyes Only," which blends in the Nixon tapes with a taping of Joe's mother's struggle with cancer. I liked the beginning clue: "April 18: Saw Dr. Nickson." Assembling photos as both visual and text. "'Kids will know...even if they don't know all the details, they know something's wrong.'" This book is the real deal.
Joe Harrington will be reading Friday night as part of the Top City Poetry Reading Series.
Here is my interview with him in seveneightfive: scrapbooks without scraps.