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You read the title right. And the irony of it works to buoy us through this handful of poems that remind us of our mortality with strong lines like, “…he’s had enough when he fits into his own pocket” and “When I turn sideways, I disappear.” Fitting in, disappearing, hiding in own’s on grief and view of the world, Gregg Shapiro means to manage these feats in this lovely little book. Jericho Brown
Gregg Shapiro’s poems know a lot about appetite—and all we do to indulge and suppress it. They also know a lot about restlessness, lust, and wanderlust—our address changes sometimes transformative (“the city where I was reborn at 21”) and sometimes not (“A new address with the same/ old face…”) In More Poems About Buildings and Food, Shapiro is yearning, vulnerable, authentically surprising. Reading these poems, I felt like I was sitting in my friend’s kitchen, dishing about everything—Shapiro writing so beautifully what needs to be said. Denise Duhamel
Gregg always was my favorite interviewer, asking the more interesting, insightful and challenging questions. I was the artist, he was the journalist. I had no idea he was the magnificent poet. Tables turned. I now have the questions. More Poems About Buildings and Food has not left my bed stand. I will never think of Nancy and Sluggo the same. Jill Sobule
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregg Shapiro is the author of the poetry chapbooks, More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2019), Sunshine State (NightBallet Press, 2019), Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016), selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, and GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2012). Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), as well as the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008).
An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.
Gregg Shapiro’s GREGG SHAPIRO: 77