Bombshelter Press, 2000 72pp
Henry J. Morro's Corpses of Angels is a stunning debut of powerful and tender poems about identity, the gender wars, and survival. These poems reveal the beauty and terror of awakening in a new cuontry, searching for the touchstones to memory, reaching back and finding "the language of peasants and machetes, of machine guns and priests, of gods and flesh." Here is a record of the pain and scars of the gender wars, the wild sexuality at the core of this country's values, the sexual icons that distort love, physical beauty, and the human touch. At the center of this collection is the brutal spirituality of the survivor--the guerrillas in a dictatorship, the molested children, the runaways, the suicides--all grappling for a better life or moving on to the next life.