82 pages, paperback
Copyright © 1986
"Bill Kushner's Head more than alludes to the night demimonde; his book is an extended exploration of back alleys and sex bars where the poet searches for love and beauty and himself. Sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes frightening and sometimes outrageously funny... Kushner never swerves from what he is really seeing, thinking and feeling. Writing this sort of poetry dictates an absolute unflappable honesty and a ready sense of humor. Kushner succeeds. In his persona as night stalker and sexual outlaw, we believe him..." Paul Genega, Washington Review of the Arts
"It's amazing what you can achieve by simply being yourself and true to your art! Kushner extends the range of sentiment and of the conversational mode first established by John Wieners but with one difference: where Wieners is almost always tragic Kushner's is an optimistic and playful vision. There's a simplicity, elegance and grace contained throughout Kushner's Head that is truly hard to detect in all of poetryland these days" Gerard Malanga.
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