“These poems are both realist and romantic”

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“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…”

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