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Vorhees – A Considerable Share of Felicity

Duane Vorhees’ latest collection of poetry is now available worldwide. 

About the Book

The book is divided into twelve duans of various length, perhaps suggesting twelve levels or sections of increasing importance. All in all there are 145 poems in this collection. Robin Wyatt Dunn wrote a fitting description of the book for the cover:

There shouldn’t be poetry like this; we’ll need to ban it, like Alex Jones. Down with the poets like Duane Vorhees, whose name is the same as Jason’s! Yet Duane is much gentler, it must be said. He may have risen from the dead, but his knife is actually the forest itself, or one of its regions. I was invited in; I am afraid. Save me from the truth; burn him at the stake. No, I don’t want there to be poetry like this. I don’t want Duane Vorhees to have written it. Turn back the clock. I will vote Democrat again, just make it go away. Don’t make me see, how the universe works inside. I’ll wear the uniform. I’ll oil my gun, my words, my guns, my words. What is he doing? A confession, but the tricky Hollywood kind, where you confess how you’re going to burn down the villain’s house. Where you tell the buxom lass how long you’ve been in love with her. Duane has been in love a long time, It seems to be a specialty of poets. Some of them have the good sense to keep their mouths shut about it: this is why Vorhees and I are unlikely to be published in The New Yorker. So crass, Love. So bohemian! Passe! Outre! Commie. Pinko. Fag. Russian. Bot. But he moves from the general to particular. His weighing of the balls is actually an act of humility, to suggest the scale of his own life in relation to the galactic fucks of the solar system. He succumbs to some of our weaknesses. To remember the shape of our real lives, small but important, only to us. Perhaps he should have explored the pain of that more. I don’t know. I’m still not sure Jason has put away his knife. But we’ve moved in to the domestic. If it is murder it will be in bed. I don’t like the ending: that doesn’t matter. The beginning is among some of the best stuff I’ve read. If I were his editor I’d shout at him, like the old beard-god: Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs! Behold the universe! A drooling idiot! Feast on it with your jaws! Dance in your mask, we’re watching. I want to see you fire the gun again, at the sky, so I can laugh. If that sound you made is laughing; I don’t know what it was. What are you laughing at, Duane? And what am i doing? We’re going to ban you, I promise. We’ll put you in the cage! We’ll record your voice! Your gift will be to the king, and the sentence is, that you will have to keep giving it! Every year! Tell us, magician, what makes the planets move, and count them, and in revealing their essence you must, like the wizard, tame the ghost you summon from out of the sky, all in the circle while we watch! How much can you defeat! How far will you travel? Is is so dangerous? Tell us what it is. Yes, Jason/Duane is a kind of knight. But his lord is not his mother, like in the movie. He is American enough to be his own king. But then what is a quest, when you have to fulfill it yourself? God? Woman? Facebook? All of the above.

— Robin Wyatt Dunn

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About the Author

those midwest bedrooms (for duane vorhees)
I never tried to make a habit
out of eastern indiana
endless flat
spills from the ohio line
cornfields leave
mind numb
i’ve paid too much
for a motel room
in a town that doesn’t
believe its last breath
i’ve laid on lawns
outside, key card
burning a hole
in my pocket
berms of highway traffic
ebb endless, slow on forever 
joint between my lips 
all those stars, all those stars 
peanut butter cookie mornings 
sun blind, a knight’s inn pool 
maybe the romance 
of our advancing age 
is memories 
never get old 
those massive nights 
those midwest bedrooms 
these arms are years 
alone and together

—Jason Baldinger

Product Details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hog Press (December 3, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 184 pages
ISBN ‏ : ‎ 978-1941892725 (paperback)
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.7 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.42 x 10 inches