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Dark Glasses

Dan Hendrickson

ISBN 10: 1938237218 / ISBN 13: 9781938237218
Published by Flat Sole Studio, 2017
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Title: Dark Glasses

Publisher: Flat Sole Studio

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Dark Glasses is a collection of ultra-modern poetry from Dan Hendrickson, an author who is, for now, trapped between the future and the past. Hendrickson cut his teeth in the poetry game by pulling on a pair of prescription sunglasses and writing four books of post-modern poetry under his pen name, Henry Rifle. These books were a fusion of absurdist comedy, jazz poetry and low-rent philosophy. Dark Glasses builds on this and attempts to sum up the experience of and all the reasons for adopting a pseudonym in the first place, as well as what was gained and what was lost.

Behind dark glasses, Hendrickson slowly came to understand who he was, both as a poet and a human being. As he writes in Dark Glasses: "It takes a long time for a negative to turn into a color print. I like to think I'm almost there."

Furthermore, Dark Glasses raises the stakes considerably, moving Hendrickson's poetry from random observations about the state of the world and witty asides into matters of state, philosophy and personal identity. Vision is the overarching theme of the book and it's meant to serve as a challenge to others to look at the world differently, and by doing so to perhaps find ways to see themselves differently as well.

About the Author:

The author's given name is Dan Hendrickson. As a young adult, he opted to pull on a pair of prescription sunglasses and adopt another name: Henry Rifle. That worked well enough, but only up to a point. Under that name, he wrote and self-published four books of poetry (Shooting Gallery, Bullet Train, A Bullet West and Ballistics Report). Hendrickson, on the other hand, has only written (Slacker!) The Portland Stories (also self-published), a book of short fiction. That collection was originally titled Clean Shorts. Hendrickson is now middle-aged, with a blizzard gray beard. He's a sedate and meditative fellow, one prone to introspection. Henry Rifle is probably a little more fun, but by turns morose, often bordering on maudlin. About life, Hendrickson will only say "Over time, our borders are erased." He likes Gordon Sumner, Milo Bloom and Georgia O'Keeffe. He lives in the Twin Cities and is married with two children. He's also aware that 'granite carrot' (see page 115) sounds phallic in nature. He honestly doesn't care.

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