Dodo Feathers: Poems 1989 – 2019

Published by International Psychoanalytic Books, 2019.
Dodo Feathers is a collection drawn from 30 years of writing poems. They speak of extinction and death; divorces and breakups; depression and mania; being and nothingness; heroes and villains in history and literature. We meet great poets and opera singers (e.g., Allen Grossman, Billy Collins, Maria Callas, Aafje Heynis); extinct animals; figures from Shakespeare and other sacred texts; Casper the Friendly Ghost; President Kennedy, and Richard Nixon. Here are sonnets, translations from Homer’s Iliad, and what M. H. Abrams called “the greater Romantic lyric.”

Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film is a sequence of fifty 14-line elegies for President John F. Kennedy. It uses the Zapruder Film of the murder as a prism through which to view America & the world.  Refracted rays touch on crime & punishment; guilt & responsibility; charisma & love; the dying victim’s experience during the stretched-out seconds of his violation & death; & the dark world of war profiteering, narco-traffic, & deceit where the facts of power determine history.  Epic tradition (e.g., Homer, Dante, Milton) shares these pages with science, religion, & popular culture. Limousine, Midnight Blueis a haunted book about a haunted film of an event whose hungry ghosts still walk the American unconscious, rattling their chains louder every year.