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Jason Heroux’s The Sea Never Drowns (2007)

Over the next few weeks or months, I will post all my reviews (“Tom’s Celebrations”) that appeared in Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose (formerly Redactions: Poetry & Poetics) up to and including issue 12. After that, my reviews appeared here (The Line Break) before appearing in the journal. This review first appeared in issue 11, which was published circa January 2009.

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Jason Heroux's – The Sea Never DrownsIf you ever saw Sugar Ray Leonard with his smile and soft demeanor, you’d think what a gentle man he is. But then if you saw him dance and punch in the boxing ring, well, you’d be impressed at his beauty, speed, and power. Jason Heroux’s poems in The Sea Never Drowns (sunnyoutside) are like Sugar Ray. They seem simple and at ease, for the most part, but there is an accretion of images and thoughts in each poem that culminate in strong ends. It’s like a solid right jab of an ending. It’s really as if the poem doesn’t happen until after the last line, when the punch is felt, when

   the trees only blossom
   when no one is watching  	         
                                          (“Sunday in San Pietro Infine,” ll 17-18)

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Heroux, Jason. The Sea Never Drowns. Buffalo, NY: sunnyoutside, 2007.//


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