"I walk for hours through a meadow,/my pockets leaking bacon bits” – this is how Noah Falck sees Bill Clinton, and more importantly, how Noah Falck sees us seeing Bill Clinton. Celebrities are mirrors in which we watch ourselves watching them. These poems purify that experience, and in doing so, clarify the beauty and sadness of fame – how much we want to matter, and that mattering now is largely tied up in fame. God, I fear, needs a press agent. The book’s Berryman epigraph – Peoples bore me – seems a head fake here — people do not bore Noah Falck. What surprises me most is how much he makes me feel for these people I feel nothing for. I mean you, Lindsay Lohan, and you, Tom Cruise. Here, you are resurrected…as human.
Falck’s poems enliven the celebrity machine by infusing it with quirky humor through a re-orientation of context.
Noah Falck lives in Buffalo, NY. His first full-length collection of poems, Snowmen Losing Weight, was published by BatCat Press in 2012. His poetry has appeared widely in journals such as Forklift Ohio, Bat City Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, and Smartish Pace, among others. He works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center.
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