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Bit Parts for Fools

In this collection of resonant concatenations, Peter Richardson lines up the quotidian and the metaphysical, the personal and the fictional, and assigns equal standing to their rich complications. Whether his cast members take the ironic stance of an apostate jazz pianist or the hardball approach of a recovering stand-up comic, they invite us on an exuberant exploration of self that rewards multiple readings.rnrnRanging from a literate vernacular to high diction, Richardson’s poems hint at a new hunger driving his quirky observations and confirm once again that Richardson is a fine craftsman — all confidence and mischief, “whistling from scuffmark to scuffmark.”rn

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