Mass of the Forgotten (Autumn House Poetry)

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James Tolan's debut full-length collection exhibits eloquent and direct language to explore family trauma and personal memory. Tolan has a truly unique voice and his poems offer readers something they won't find elsewhere.

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JAMES TOLAN is author of the poetry collection Mass of the Forgotten (Autumn House)and the chapbooks Red Walls (Dos Madres Press) and Fresh Fruit and Gravity (Far Gone Books). His poems appear in such journals as American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Fairy Tale Review, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, Ploughshares and Verse Daily as well as a number of anthologies, including the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He is co-editor of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society (Autumn House) and a Professor at the City University of New York/BMCC. www.jamestolan.com

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“In the spirit of Whitman, Olds, and Levine, Tolan’s first book of poems draws in conceits and concerns from the grit and sweat of the physical world. But it is also a haunting metaphysical litany...’We are the new Jehovahs, gods of vengeance and small mercies,’ he reminds us, ‘who rose from the sea and walked, our lips salted thick with want.’ His praise of the physical world is exacting enough to transport us to an Eden where flesh still collides, in ways unexpected, with spirit.” (Dorianne Laux)

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