Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Series, 2008
cover art by Mel Kadel

Measuring Tape for the Midwest

“The conversational tongue that resides inside Measuring Tape of the Midwest is the one that brings these poems together. Imbued with trenchant humor, incongruous ideas are released from the poet’s endless register of imaginative images that indulge in the very best of American miscellany. Reading these poems one gets the sense he is rewriting history (“today is a new version of yesterday“), employing his paraphernalia as tools for building upon the melancholic everyday, a process that overall proves to be most profound.”
— Brian Foley, author of The Constitution

“Measuring Tape has lots of really beautiful passages, many of which made me feel as though I was floating. I especially enjoyed this book when there seemed to be less narrative or logical scaffolding… when the voice of the poems seemed to be going purely (or mostly) on feel…. and that, for me, is where they sometimes became magical.”
— Rauan Klassnik, author of Holy Land