THE LINEUP: Poems on Crime 3 (2010)
With the poem "Victim's Kiss" by Reed F. Coleman
Edited by Gerald So
Publisher: Poetic Justice Press
edited by Gerald So with Sarah Cortez, R. Narvaez, and Anthony Rainone
With poems by Patricia Abbott, Joe Barnes, Henry Chang, Sarah Cortez, Michael A. Flanagan, Anne Frasier, James W. Hall, David Hernandez, Amy MacLennan, Carrie McGath, James M. McGowan, Kristine Ong Muslim, David S. Pointer, James Sallis, Jackie Sheeler, Wallace Stroby, Larry D. Thomas, Francine Witte.
Crime writers and poets have a deep understanding of what Lorien Niedecker called the condensery. They know how to burn through the fat and get to the heart (and guts) of things, cooking down until only the real, strong stuff remains. Writers who work in both genres are especially adept at this condensing process. We see the results in this issue of The Lineup - an almost painful clarity, and an uncanny understanding of darkness and light, "fragile fiber sailboats on a chintz black sea." -Owen Hill, poet, bookseller, and author of the Clay Blackburn P.I. series
Hardly representing the "roses are red" school of poetry, these poems smash into the dark heart of murder like a bullet into bone. - Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine