The poems in Fainter Hammers, Further Heard are redolent of passion and longing, humor and sexuality, irony and tristesse.
Notable for their visual sense and use of language, the voices in these poems find significance in things small and large: poppies on a lover’s skirt, garages and clandestine kisses, strange cities and splotches on a woman’s forehead, the losing battle against love and desire, the terrible intimacy of love-making.
The fainter hammers announce a love story, and in their echo one can trace the presence of two people, agitated by passion, wounded by distance, finding resolution and peace only with each other.
Mark Merenda is the author of Smart Marketing For Smart Lawyers: Fainter Hammers, Further Heard, a book of poetry; and co-author of Satan’s Harvest. He served as a consultant on the movie version of the latter, The Possession of Michael D.