Falling Brick Kills Local Man is a daring and inventive collection of narrative poems rich with thoughtful and precise language. Mark Kraushaar writes about what moves him, whether that is the war in Iraq, the notion of synchronicity, the retelling of children's stories, or a problem of recollection. Often inspired by newspaper stories or witnessed scenes, these poems are a refreshingly honest exploration of our interconnected and multifaceted world. I mean, the spinning Earth whirls east and a dog walks wagging by. I can't explain. Inflexible, garrulous, sad, anymore we're our own full-time jobs. Wasn't Dad the best? Didn't light form in the doorways? Didn't the mailman come? Look Jane. Oh, turn and look. Past the market by the playground, here we are, so unhip, so well meaning and bizarre - excerpt from ""Dick and Jane"" [copyright] The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.
Mark Kraushaar is the recipient of Poetry Northwest s Richard Hugo Award and two Wisconsin Arts Board awards for poetry and has been a finalist for both the Walt Whitman Award and the May Swenson Prize. His poems are widely published and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2006; Motion: American Sports Poems; Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman; and Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live."