A Good Leave, by George Sawaya and Devin Kelly

A Good Leave, by George Sawaya and Devin Kelly

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In A Good Leave, poets George Sawaya and Devin Kelly intertwine voices and poems with a meditation that begins in a smoky pool hall. Using the game of pool - and all of its associations - as a starting point, the two poets dwell on loss, friendship, addiction, and love. A Good Leave is about what you can control, and what you can't, about what begs you to stay when the final hour beckons, calling you to go. A Good Leave is a gathering, a betrayal, a want, a reassessment of who you love and who you've left behind.

"Who knew two voices could constitute a chorus? Devin Kelly and George Sawaya sing with a soft, brutal clarity that cuts through the smoky poolhall of A Good Leave, its door open widely for us to step inside.  Not sirens, but perhaps the opposite: two poets beckoning those who seek a reprieve from the night, if only briefly— “My cigarette is smoked down/to the butt. Yours, too. Good./Let us go then, back inside./There’s too much time to waste.” This little book invites us in again and again, and lets us stay as long as we like." -Ariel Francisco, author of All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017)