Yes, Cancer French Kisses
6 x 9, 80 pp.
Pub Date: 04/24/2017
Price:        $8.95


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Yes, Cancer French Kisses

D. C. Berry

An “X-ray” of Berry's two flings with Multiple Myeloma condensed into haikus. Except where he fudges-out of the haiku syllable-count strait jacket, then calls them cell phone texts, or telegrams, or poemettes if in a poodle mood. Or finger sandwiches in which the baloney is bigger than the bread. Sometimes he raps. Beowulf: Oft Scyld Scefing sceabena preatum. Jump to William Langland (Piers Plowman): A fair field full of folk. On to Shakespeare: Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity. And James Jibber Joyce: Seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, the rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver rust. Eminem gets the last word-spasm: And just blurt this berserk and bizarre shit that works . . . . Berry didn’t battle cancer, but embraced her: Miss Myeloma or Mylo.

D. C. BERRY earned a BS from Bob Jones University and another from Delta State. He spent 1967 and 1968 in Vietnam, then earned a Ph.D in English at the University of Tennessee in 1972. He has written two poetry chapbooks, Jawbone and Zen Cancer Saloon. He's also written several books of poetry, including: Divorce Boxing, Saigon Cemetary, Hamlet Off Stage, A Week on the Chunky and Chickasayhay, and The Vietnam Ecclesiastes.


Hamlett Off Stage
Week on the Chunky and Chickasawhay
Eveā€”from the Autobiography and Other Poems
Prose Sketches and Poems
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