Square Inch Hours

Square Inch Hours

by Sherod Santos


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Square Inch Hours by Sherod Santos

A vividly rendered collection tracing the aftermath of a breakdown and the struggle to reconnect with the realities of daily life.In the manner of a poetic meditation, Square Inch Hours draws on elements from fiction, memoir, daybook, and reverie, piecing together moments that follow in the aftermath of a breakdown.Writing from an area outside psychology or personal history, the intensely solitary speaker relates the experience of reengaging with the world. With an adamant attentiveness, he turns his focus to observing reality in its minutest particulars: the expression on the face of a random passerby; the palsied hand of a grocery clerk; copulating flies on a windowsill; a deep gouge, like a bullet hole, in his apartment door. How he perceives is how he reconnects. The title, Square Inch Hours, expresses that impulse to capture each moment, as in the square of a photograph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393254983
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,284,288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sherod Santos is the author of seven books of poetry. A National Book Award finalist, he received an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Chicago, where he works in an outreach program for the homeless.

Table of Contents

Section 1 A House on a Hill 15

Section 2 Square Inch Hours 21

J. 21

Without the Color Red 22

Act One 23

Her Hair Tied Back in Braids 24

On the Lower Order of Seraphim 25

A Door Left Open for the Moths 26

Where Once a Small Branch Fell 27

Out of the World There Passed a Soul 28

[…] 29

Section 3 I Was at One Time Close to Home 33

Section 4 Life Among the Vanished 41

Fellini Attended by Nuns 41

Mother Courage 42

The Consolations of Philosophy 43

Pessoa 44

Zenobius the Rhetorician 45

Ovid on the Near North Side 46

A Feeling of And, a Feeling of Or 47

Overseen by a Sliding Glass Panel 48

I Went for a Walk in Winter 49

The Bicycle Rider 50

There Might've Been a Cellist in the Dining Hall 51

Time Is an Accident 52

Self-Portrait with Shaking Hands 53

Apart from a Few Stone Bridges 54

The Italic Gods 55

Section 5 The Window Above Superior 59

Section 6 From an Unlined Spiral Notebook 67

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