Scott Garson’s Comments
When Chris was in college, in the nineties, his stuff was championed by the poet Robert Dana. Though he ended up going another directionhad a career in the testing industryhe wrote privately for most of his life. These five poems come from a manuscript I got together this past summer. Somelike the last one, Smilewere finished. Otherslike the first one, Sunshiney Daycome from poems that exist in a few unfinished versions, some wrapped in his caustic notes to himself, written out in his perfect, bent hand. I cant say whether or not hed approve of Sunshiney Day in its now-final form. Its a question Ive asked. But its not something Ive agonized over. My work was good work, vital workdone out of love and because, in the product, my brother is so, so there.
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