“Dream what has always been dreamed,/ and nothing changes,” begins one of the poems in Between States. The people in these poems are looking for new dreams and new ways of dreaming. Many of the individuals begin at a place of uncertainty, but refuse to stay there. Over and over, these poems insist that we are not defined by our physical circumstances but by our reaction to those circumstances, what we do, what we say. These poems show how “the need to be heard does not change.” Al Maginnes does not offer easy answers; he understands that we are “puzzled by/ a past we were too quickly part of.” But he does offer the possibility for hope. He recognizes the “invisible music” that binds us, the possibility of “song that flies over/ empty plains of prayer and absence” to let us sing our purest human music.
author of Breakdown, A Father’s Journey
(Finalist 2009 Indie Awards for Poetry)
This Limited Edition chapbook is part of Main Street Rag’s Author’s Choice Chapbook Series. Print run is based entirely on advance sales. Advance Sale Discount price of $3.50 (+ shipping) will be available until May 4. Release/ship date will be May 11.