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Breaking on Camera

Jack Grapes


Bombshelter Press, 1978 144pp

Late-'70s collection by the editor/poet, previously known as Marcus.

The Author

Jack Grapes
is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor and teacher, recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. He's the author of 13 books of poetry, and also wrote and starred in Circle of Will, which ran for several years in Hollywood and won drama critic awards for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor.


When I talk to Mexican poets, I find myself thumbing my dog-eared copies of Jack Grapes to show what North American poetry can do at this moment. Grapes works himself sideways into the poem by beginning in an ordinary voice, and before you know it, cosmic disaster is at hand. He honors his own difficulties and wrestles with encountered obscurity instead of hitting the delete key. This book was set apart from anything else I saw published this year.

John Oliver Simon, Poetry Flash