Poetry. "TRUE CRIME is a fitting title for this sympathetic and sometimes harrowing family portrait of the American South: the uncle who absconded with the insurance money, the boyfriend who cares more about his muscle car than his dead girlfriend. The author and sometime subject of the poems spins from the loom of words 'not the wreck but a conjectural / reconstruction of the wreck.' In such a fragile, wobbling world, language acts as the only shield. This is a wonderful and brave book, offering the true fictions of our actual darkness"--Paul Hoover.