“The full text of Dave Newman’s ‘Johnstown, Pennsylvania’ reads: ‘The chief of police / tasered his son / at Thanksgiving dinner.’ Quirkiness aside, those seeking creative line-breaks, elevated language or experimental forms might be disappointed in his 173-page collection The Poem Factory (White Gorilla Press, $11.99). But if it’s a big-hearted speaker, a cast of raggedy characters and a celebration of blue-collar bacchanalia they’re after, this is the book for them.
Newman, who lives in Trafford, has been on a roll recently. He’s published two novels (Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children and Two Small Birds) and one of this reviewer’s local favorites, The Slaughterhouse Poems…”
Fred Shaw reviews Dave Newman’s new poetry collection, The Poem Factory: https://t.co/UOBpdGs6ZW
— Carlow MFA (@CarlowMFA) February 3, 2016