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Always Danger offers a lyrical and highly imaginative exploration into the hazards that surround people’s lives—whether it’s violence, war, mental illness, car accidents, or the fury of Mother Nature. In his second collection of poems, David Hernandez embraces the element of surprise: a soldier takes refuge inside a hollowed-out horse, a man bullies a mountain, and a giant ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Serendipity is such a wonderful thing when it works well.

In this case, I randomly pulled this volume from a university library shelf after being intrigued by the first poem. It turns out that David Hernandez, a creative writing teacher at California State, is absolutely masterful in his ability to paint the darker side of human nature with vivid language.

And despite his focus on such issues as violence in the world, toxic masculinity, the precariousness of relationships and other somewhat depres
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from gondoliers to spiders lurking on baby's breadstick arms, this book is fabulous. i completely appreciate his mastery of couplets. he takes the notion of twinned lines and forces them into paradoxical roles. each couplet sets itself up and than turns on itself, think snakes swallowing tales. likewise, he transforms the meaning of the poem from one couplet to the next. on the page the poem is laid out like bars or stripes of ink, but with badass steep linebreaks and leaky stanzas, the poems en ...more
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