Next Door to the Butcher Shop







Next Door to the Butcher Shop


By Rodney DeCroo


NOT YET PUBLISHED
0-88971-330-8
978-0-88971-330-7
Nightwood Editions
5.5 x 8 - 96 pages
Paperback - $18.95
May 2017



Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo's second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit.


How quickly age


descends on us. Our memories are maps


to places that don't exist. I was an emperor


on a green lawn wearing a white sheet


and a paper crown. The birds sang my praises


from the hedges and the trees


DeCroo unsentimentally recounts moments suffused with grief, longing and loss, and offers a refreshingly unfiltered view of one's self.


I'd stand for days along the edges of expressway


to sing off-key into the screams of semi-trailers and cars


until I stood within a cocoon of silence and flashing shadows


In a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, Next Door to the Butcher Shop offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout.