"In his haunting fourth collection, Salerno weaves a morbid kind of melancholia into the mundane and negotiates the experience of loss and a lack of fulfillment...The poems disquietingly hum with questions of what to do after death- whether one's own or another's. For whatever simple answers the poet seems to have for great unspoken questions-'There are ways to die/ without a findable body'- Salerno wields just as many queries, yielding a book ripe with eerie and meaning-filled unknowing."
—Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
Christopher Salerno’s fourth collection of poems, Sun & Urn, is a book made from the wild stuff of grief and loss. Readers will find in these lyric poems a peculiar force pushing beyond the obvious. Sad, tender, whimsical, this book mines the poet’s personal journey through grief for a universal look at how we as human beings handle our greatest losses. Coursing through this work is the clarity of vulnerability. With an idiosyncratic and inquisitive lyricism, Sun & Urn examines, repositions, and makes art from the odd scraps left over after a father’s sudden death, from infertility and divorce, and from the hope of new love.
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