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Self-Portrait as Jerry Quarry
Vito Aiuto

Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2002 • 64 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-19-7

Vito Aiuto’s poems are funny, heartbreaking, and serious as Hell. They borrow from the blue-collar ethos of Philip Levine, the lexical playfulness of Frank O’Hara, the anxious self-deprecating wit of Mark Halliday, and the theological insight of J.I. Packer, but the voice we hear is nothing if not singular. In the course of these terse yet panoramic fables, John Calvin shares the spotlight with journeyman pugilists, doubt and faith, a wife, a lost father, consumerism, God, a guy named Mess . . . Moreover, Aiuto thrills and frightens us. Part confession and part stand-up routine, Self-Portrait as Jerry Quarry refuses to shy away from sin or the awkward business of atonement.

Reviews / Endorsements

“The monsters and heros, sometimes inseparable, that populate this book rise up, are beaten down, and rise up again in a raw and flooded mythos. With a darting, weaving musicality, sometimes talky, sometimes demonically convoluted, these poems roar and splinter. If they weren't so funny, they’d be terrifying–and they are. If they weren't so terrifying, they’d be funny–and they are. Vito Aiuto's voice comes to us from the epicenter of a concussive beauty. Get ready to be hit.”—Dean Young

VITO AIUTO was raised in Tecumseh, Michigan. He received a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.Currently he is the senior pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Monique, who together, make up the folk-gospel duet The Welcome Wagon.

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