Neon: Poems and Stories

Neon: Poems and Stories

by Michael Salinger

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ISBN-13: 9780933087729
Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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Bob Hohlman

What happens when a punk grows up? Because that’s what happens to Michael Salinger in Neon. What once was welder’s glare efficiently tucked into a Toolbelt of Cynicism has become Neon, has become Art, has become the Thing Illuminated. Of course, Salinger is still a punk, too, and his “(I Am) Gilligan” poem is just as pop provocative now as when I first heard him read it. Only now the work sets out a philosophy, not a sequence of inevitabilities leading to a crazed windshield and a toothy sunset. Now he’s giving you something to hold, to relish, not fear. There’s even prose here, and it tells a fine story, sweet and sudden and folksy and smart and full of feeling. He invites you in, not kicks you out. To accomplish this, all Michael Salinger had to do was reinvent himself. Neon accomplishes this task. A poet, it seems, might just be a punk grown up, and Neon makes a stunning debut. (Bob Hohlman, performance poet and organizer, CD In With the Out Crowd)

Michael DeCapite

Hell yeah, I like these poems. They've been around, they can take care of themselves, and they hope for the best. They're not afraid to get their hands dirty in the service of the common good and, like anybody you wouldn't mind having a drink with, they can make surprising leaps from a seated position. (Michael DeCapite, author of Through the Windshield)

Gail Bellamy

As readers travel the Neon route—by bus, boxcar, bicycle, steam roller, van and convertible—they'll move across the landscape of American pop culture. This is a primo collection of poetry postcards and prose photos, shot through Michael Salinger's quirky lens. (Gail Bellamy, co-editor of Ohio Writer, author of Victual Reality and Design Spirits)

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