Naissance Chapbooks

The Lost Shoe
Martha Deed

The Lost Shoe, by Martha Deed

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Martha Deed goes where no poet has gone before. Combining cut-up and court transcript, oscillating deftly back and forth between textual poetry and visual poetry, adopting voice after effective voice, she brings us a gut-punch orb of truth where only the names have been changed, though the innocent remain unprotected. A video trailer for the book is at her website. A text excerpt:


Leave your common sense
outside the door
do not speculate
what I say is not evidence
the judge will instruct you on the law
when I shout at the murder victim's mother
do not hold it against me
or take it out on my client sitting here
in prison pallor, gray suit and tie
so you will not know he is in custody
I am only doing my job
even a dead child’s mother can lie
wouldn't you agree and her lies
could put my client behind bars
his freedom is at stake his innocence
so important I will tell you what to think
which facts you should ignore
do not speculate I say
leave your common sense
outside the door

—Martha Deed

48 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.


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