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Lesley LeRoux on “Shadow Songs,” by Christopher Morgan


shadow+songs+cover.jpgThere are typically two things I like to do after reading a book of poetry for the first time, especially when it’s for a review. First, I come up with a first-impression word cloud – it may be only one word or a few, but it’s meant to sum up the general feeling I have towards a book on initial reading. This time around, for Christopher Morgan’s first chapbook from Sad Spell Press, Shadow Songs, the word was “visceral.”

Which brings me to the second thing: I like to hunt around for information on the author, to get a sense of any of their previous work or just their personality/online presence. This inevitably leads me to their social media accounts or blogs, which can be a neat little window into their lives that inform any second or third readings of their books.

One thing that struck me about…

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Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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