The Search for the Reason Why: New and Selected Poems

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Poetry. With illustrations by the author. "T.L. Kryss is an outsider's outsider and as sweet a poet as I've ever encountered. He was part of the Cleveland poetry scene in the Sixties that had d.a. levy as its catalyst and got hammered hard by the police...What Tom Kryss does, more than any poet I know, is strip away excess and cut to the bone. He staked out a modest turf and then hunkered down and stayed there. So that what he writes is unencumbered and fraught with the particular, which is the unique, which is ...
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Overview


Poetry. With illustrations by the author. "T.L. Kryss is an outsider's outsider and as sweet a poet as I've ever encountered. He was part of the Cleveland poetry scene in the Sixties that had d.a. levy as its catalyst and got hammered hard by the police...What Tom Kryss does, more than any poet I know, is strip away excess and cut to the bone. He staked out a modest turf and then hunkered down and stayed there. So that what he writes is unencumbered and fraught with the particular, which is the unique, which is the only way to get a handle on the universal. What he writes always gives you something and never takes anything away"--John Bennett.
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Review of THE SEARCH FOR THE REASON WHY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS by Tom Kryss from "Bull Tongue" section of ARTHUR magazine, July 2006.Review by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley

"Tom (T.L.) Kryss himself is well-served by The Search for the Reason Why (Bottom Dog Press).This is not exactly the Collected Works of Kryss we all deserve, but it is a great sampling of new and old work,both poetry and prose, with a smattering

of Tom's rabbit drawings thrown in. It's a lovely collection. Kryss' writing can be as street and real as anyone's, but he also possesses a clarity of spirit that allows him to write about simple beauty without resorting to clich© or tired imagery. The smell and weight and feel of Cleveland (and environs)

permeate the text, but we don't think you'd wanna have it any other way. Anyone serious about reading poetry should be reading Kryss. Now.

Review of THE SEARCH FOR THE REASON WHY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS by Tom Kryss from "Bull Tongue" section of ARTHUR magazine, July 2006.Review by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley

"Tom (T.L.) Kryss himself is well-served by The Search for the Reason Why (Bottom Dog Press).This is not exactly the Collected Works of Kryss we all deserve, but it is a great sampling of new and old work,both poetry and prose, with a smattering

of Tom's rabbit drawings thrown in. It's a lovely collection. Kryss' writing can be as street and real as anyone's, but he also possesses a clarity of spirit that allows him to write about simple beauty without resorting to clich© or tired imagery. The smell and weight and feel of Cleveland (and environs)

permeate the text, but we don't think you'd wanna have it any other way. Anyone serious about reading poetry should be reading Kryss. Now.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933087965
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2006
  • Series: Harmony Series
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author


Ohioan poet, artist and rabbit master T.L. Kryss is the publisher of the poetry series Black Rabbit Press. He published, with rjs, the groundbreaking anthology of d.a.levy's work, ukanhavyrfuckinciti bak (1967). His poems have recently appeared in Abraxas, Death Row, Measured Steps, The Outsider, Unarmed Poetry Journal, et al. Books and broadsides include Current Outsider (Vagabond Home Page), Downwind from the Fires of Nothingness and Spring into Winter (Kirpan Press), Sunflower Wars (Bottle of Smoke Press), Just Blue Skies: Poems for & after d.a.levy (an electronic chapbook appearing on the d.a.levy homepage, Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry) and The Search for the Reason Why (Bottom Dog Press).
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From THE SEARCH FOR THE REASON WHY

DUSK Tom Kryss

This hour builds itself from spare parts,

selecting from a speeding train

only its wake of sparks,

from a church's gables

a pigeon's folded wing.

Digging deep in trashcans,

the setting sun skims off wealth

and drags it into nets of darkness.

Standing off to the side,

the shells too volatile to ransom--

last inch of the waning cigarette

flaring from a window.

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The Search for the Reason Why: New and Selected Poems by Tom Kryss
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