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The great Jim Harrison once said that poetry is that which he would give his soul if he could teach his soul to speak.  In this collection, Denver Butson takes up the mantle of Harrison and teaches our souls to speak.  These are wonderful poems -- sharp, transgressive, funny, alluring and extraordinarily powerful.  They knock our comfortable balance all to hell, and then they help stitch our imaginations back together again.

Colum McCann

The Scarecrow Alibis reads like a love letter to the blundering, persistently tender self . . .  These are poems of affection and estrangement, in which the interior world and the exterior world are equally lush. The Scarecrow Alibis manages to capture that uniquely human sensation of living among  “real” people, while not truly feeling real.


Zoë Ryder White

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