Jason McCall Dear Hero,

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Dear Hero,

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Poetry. African American Studies. DEAR HERO, is a crime scene investigation disguised as a love letter. The Hero's Journey is lined with caution tape. Our prayers have been subpoenaed. The bloodstained altars are being processed for DNA. Immortals lie on the autopsy table, and our narrator is checking the gods' entrails for clues, for any signs of hope.

"Like Gary Jackson's Missing You, Metropolis, Jason McCall is a poet who walks around with a book full of lyrical needles, letting the air out of heroicballoons, not because he can, but to help us see the outlines of ourselves sharper, clearer. What the Gods calls flaws, this fast-talking yet tender poet calls living."—Cornelius Eady

"McCall's DEAR HERO, follows the melancholy heartbeat behind our love of superheroes—the brokenness of humanity, our struggles with power and powerlessness, the fate of the outsider to long to be a savior. His forthright language is laced with both humor and longing, the desire to break boundaries and limitations almost palpable."—Jeannine Hall Gailey

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Jason McCall is from the great state of Alabama, where he currently teaches at the University of Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been featured in Cimmaron Review, Fickle Muses, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Poems & Plays, and other journals. His previous collections include Silver (Main Street Rag, 2011), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and DEAR HERO, (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013).

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Like Gary Jackson's Missing You, Metropolis, Jason McCall is a poet who walks around with a book full of lyrical needles, letting the air out of heroic balloons, not because he can, but to help us see the outlines of ourselves sharper, clearer. What the Gods calls flaws, this fast-talking yet tender poet calls living. --Cornelius Eady

Welcome to the place where the capes are tattered and frayed. Within these pages Joseph Campbell and Jack Kirby are neighbors. Sigmund Freud and Stan Lee are architects. Homer and Philip K. Dick play poker while frightened children await their turn to be fitted for a cape and cowl that promises nothing but, somehow, is their only hope for salvation. McCall has created a collection unlike any other. He has combined infinite Earths of the human subconscious, of Joseph Campbell s famed hero quest and managed to turn crisis into catharsis. There should be more collections like this, more heroes like McCall. --Jason Mott

In this striking collection, Jason McCall will first draw you in with the sheer scope of his vision: a world in which Diddy and John the Baptist coexist, multiple Earths thrive in parallel universes, and the X-Men visit Tuscaloosa, Alabama. But McCall s work is far more than the sum of its imaginative quality and wicked sense of humor; Dear Hero, is an incisive social commentary that cuts to the deepest, rawest places of contemporary American life. --Kelly Davio

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