Doerr, Joe

Joe Doerr - Tocayo : New and Selected Poems and Songs


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Joe Doerr - Tocayo : New and Selected Poems and Songs

Published 2016. Paperback, 150pp, 9x6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
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“By turns erudite and lyrical, esoteric and oracular, profane and ethereal – Joe Doerr’s Tocayo contains multitudes. This vast miscellany, a bravura poetic performance by every measure, signals the aborning of a new, necessary literary idiom for this mashed-up American age: the ineluctable punk sublime.”   —John Phillip Santos
“Disturbs all the codes.” —John Kinsella
“I thought Joe Doerr’s 2003 Order of the Ordinary was one of the best first books of the new century, and I think Tocayo is one of the best second books of this still new century’s second decade. It includes the best of the first book – major cycles like ‘Futhark 2K’ and ‘Letters to Woodhenge’ – along with fine new work, much of it having been admired in journal publications while we have waited – too long – for Joe’s next book. But here it is. Once again there are cycles – ‘The Cottage Wall’ is the standout – and moving single poems like the title piece itself. And there’s a bracing extra: a good selection from the songs this poet writes for his group, Churchwood. Who can resist something like ‘Rimbaud Diddley’? It’s written for a different kind of occasion, but it takes this reader back to some of the first lines he remembers by Joe Doerr, written of his lovely wife Mary, ‘who rakes her thumbnails through the caliche / Of my heart and makes roses / Go BOOM! In the dust when no sunlight breaks.’ This book too makes roses Go BOOM! and
breaks new dawns.” — John Matthias

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