I have not yet read any of his books,
but I have heard such grand, sweeping praise
for the new blood author, such vast exaltation,
that I no longer have any urge to read him.
I do not need to read his excellent books
because I know you’ll tell me how brilliant they are.
Thank god for his talent; what a scream we have.
I’ll simply assume he is the greatest writer
to have ever scrawled a word, the top-most soul
to have reached the ever steady tier,
and move on with my life.
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Ray Succre is an undergraduate currently living on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and son. He has had poems published in Aesthetica, Poets and Artists, and Pank, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. His novels Tatterdemalion (2008) and Amphisbaena (2009), both through Cauliay, are widely available in print. Other Cruel Things (2009), an online collection of poetry, is available through Differentia Press.
His publications at Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.