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The Perfect Hour [Paperback]

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These seventeen poems bespeak a lifetime of growth and pain. Blas Falconer writes of family and friends, of travel and home. But mostly he writes, from deep within his heart, of living as a gay man in a hetero world. For him, the "perfect hour" is a time when nothing should be changed, not even the length of that hour. For him, whether he's writing about his mother, his grandmother, or a rather unusual child, the issue is always, "Love them, love them."

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Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 5, 2006
Publisher   Pleasure Boat Studio
ISBN  1929355319  
ISBN13  9781929355310  

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More About Blas Falconer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Blas Falconer is an associate professor of creative writing at Austin Peay State University, where he is the poetry editor of"Zone 3: A Literary Journal" and the Zone 3 Press. He is the co-editor of "Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets" and the author of "A Question of Gravity and Light", the latter published by the University of Arizona Press.

Blas Falconer currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Inspirational & Religious
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > General

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Know Him Early, Know Him Well  May 17, 2007
Without a doubt, Blas Falconer will be labeled throughout his career as a gay Latin American poet. Such elements of identity come through strongest in "A Definition of Terms" and "To Know You Better." In the first, the reader finds the speaker toying with concepts of communication, verbal and otherwise, defining the term "cruise" as "a verb, slang, to seek a trick, / connection to / Tom Cruise" and later, "talking sex / without talking." The second offers a glimpse of Latin community life with "Men gather[ing] for the cockfight," and women "sell[ing] fried fish and plantains in bunches." However, Falconer never draws on homosexuality or Latin heritage in such a way as will distance his reader. Rather, these themes almost invariably turn up in poems expressing vulnerability, searching for love in "A Definition of Terms," seeking deeper family ties in "To Know You Better," and are always soft-spoken and inviting.

"The Given Account" tells the story of one Native American's experience with a Spanish conquistador and is an examination humankind's exploration of and disillusionment with God and, to great extent, with the rest of humankind. I have read this poem a dozen times, at least, and also had the opportunity to attend a reading where Falconer read this poem in Atlanta. It gives me chills every time.

The title poem of the collection expresses the catharsis that the reader experiences in careful readings of Falconer's poems. The speaker in "The Perfect Hour" offers a moment, preserved, for you to keep and to say with him "I do not want... Not even for the hour to last / longer than it might."

Falconer's work is insightful, smart and accessible. It is rewarding to the reader. "The Perfect Hour" is a carefully crafted collection from a poet that is just beginning to place his mark on American poetry. Take the opportunity to know him early, and know him well.

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