Todd Cirillo's poems in Sucker's Paradise come hurling at you through the window, with no way to sidestep the pain or pleasure of them. They are full of busted hopes and kisses to the cheek, humor and hangovers, flowers at midnight, and hearts that take the beating. It is a collection of Cirillo's life itself--a full-bore run to find the tender moments that make us believe that paradise has been found. Sucker's Paradise holds all that we desire--the love, the belonging, the possibilities--even if we, too, eventually discover that "everything looks perfect from far away." So, call Cirillo a sucker or a saint, but he rolls with life's hard truths and turns them into poetic bonfires that we find ourselves gathering around, cold beer in hand, hearts ready for anything.
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Todd Cirillo was born of bastard lineage on a beach in the summertime. To this day, he retreats there – whenever heartbreak or hangover hits him. He is co-founder, editor and publisher of the notorious Six Ft. Swells Press and one of the originators of the After-Hours Poetry movement. Cirillo is the author of five chapbooks of poetry and is a co-author of the infamous book, Roxy. He has read from Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" to the accompaniment of famed musician, David Amram, and has been a featured reader all over the States and an alleyway in Paris. His life is often the inspiration for many of his friend’s best poems. You can find him on YouTube.com, at AfterHoursPoetry.com, or smiling underneath the neons, making whatever’s going to happen next...happen.
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Book Description Six Ft. Swells Press, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 78 pages. 8.50x0.18x5.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0985307528