By Rodney DeCroo
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's moment poetry assortment, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of reminiscence and uncovers heart-wrenching attractiveness from shadowy grit.
How quick age
descends on us. Our stories are maps
to locations that do not exist. i used to be an emperor
on a eco-friendly garden donning a white sheet
and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises
from the hedges and the trees
DeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and gives a refreshingly unfiltered view of one's self.
I'd stand for days alongside the perimeters of expressway
to sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and cars
until I stood inside of a cocoon of silence and flashing shadows
In a deft mixture of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop bargains a unprecedented, sharp, first-hand viewpoint of lifestyles round the edges, with darkish comedy dispersed throughout.
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