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The Town Clock Burning

Selected by Harold Brodkey for Writer's Choice
The New York Times Book Review
"...Consistently interesting -- often luminous poetry."

Ken Shedd
The mid-American Review
"No review can adequately praise the poetic and moral victory of this collection...the refusal to assume easy answers or to merely
express hate and the difficult, earned humility of "Race War" are testaments to Fort's powers as a is a speech -act of
authenticity and integrity...I'm also struck here by how the poem's allusion and borrowing from Tennyson work so naturally, the
sonority of Fort's language throughout this poems, and elsewhere in the collection is worthy of comparison to Tennyson."

Fred Chappell
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"The publication of The Town Clock Burning is a signal event. Charles Fort is a poet of wide dimension and superb accomplishment.
I feel that I have genuinely honored myself by knowing his work...a body of engaging work...a fine honesty...exhilarating lyricism."

E.T. Malone
North Carolina Literary Notes
"The Town Clock Burning is like a fresh canvas by some, new, imaginative painter...with his considerable imagination and gift
for description...something of the durability of love and the continued possibility for hope among the wasteland...warnings to
society about slavery, totalitarianism, and failure to recognize the humanity of all people...Fort rises about the regional and
racial to where true freedom resides -- in the core of the imagination.




David Soucey
The Prose Poem International Journal
"Through fierce, polished work, we learn what it is like to be the Other. Skewering cultural icons is
Darvil's Forte...a polyphony of American deconstruction the great patchwork quilt that
is American culture, Fort undermines any notion of the Other while understanding all too well the
reality of it. His poems are jazzy through Fourth of July bombast, Native American lore, Afro-
Carribean rhythms, and the detritus of a post-war materialism. And his comedy is Swiftian; he is
most brutally funny when he is angriest. Fort's indignation is pagan and untrammeled...the
rhetorical strategy of of the mask allows Fort a degree of self-definition. (In a review of her new
novel, Called Out, New York Times Book Review, A.G. Mojtabai is quoted as saying:
"Literature attempts to bring news of how it feels to live in someone else's skin.
The work of Charles Fort is eloquent, if painful, testimony of that ideal.")