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Limited edition first pressing copies (SIGNED) available at:

115 pages in length. Independently published via Penmanship Press.
Drawing from his more than 10 years of experience as a performer and educator, Kagan-Trenchard sifts through various portrayal of manhood, picking up and inspecting each like an anthropologist. The resultant poems leave classic tropes upended and fundamental assumptions shaken. A compelling, at times heartbreaking collection, "Murder Stay Murder" moves through the liminal spaces: between youth and adulthood, violence and tenderness, what it means to be "out" or "pass", holding still when the people right next to you might explode.

"This collection of poems by Trenchard stands naked before the reader, making us just as embarrassed as we are proud of the humanity we share. A sharp glimpse into the murkier side of a world we all experience but rarely acknowledge. This should be taught in schools, passed around at Church, and shared at house parties." - Sage Francis
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:33 pm
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Here is an excerpt:

"Back to the Front"

Over beer and seasoned curly fries Matt tells me about the war.
How Iraqi street kids call the troops vampires
because of the eerie green-eyed glow
from their night vision goggles.

How they will in turn spit cherry Gatorade
and smile like a hacksaw. You have to keep it
tight on a patrol, he says. You have to
keep it tight. We lost touch after graduation.

He worked as a repo man and as an exterminator.
Joined the army because stealing cars legally didnít
have a medical plan for his sonís asthma and the spray
used to kill roaches peals the skin off your ankles in sheets.

He says roadside bombs arenít planted by anyone in a militant group.
Rather then risk their own people on something so small they pay
some non-affiliated citizen fifty bucks that feeds a family
of four for a month. The recruiter said heíd be in Iraq for a year, tops.

When Matt had been there three he got a dear john e-mail
form his fiancť. Now heís on his fourth refill of Xanaxs.
Army issue anti depressants are given out in thousand count bottles.
Because Matt is a medic, his CO encouraged him to dole them out
however he saw fit.

In our Junior year he clicked up with a crew of skinheads. Said it was
the only way a white boy could walk around this neighborhood with his
chin up.
I remember standing in his bathroom doorway watching the clippers spit
hair off his skull. Asked what I should think about him joining a club
thatís usually swung at people like me. Said as far as he was
I was white enough.

So I became the punk all the jocks wanted to jump 'cause I dressed
like a fag but couldnít because I was the Jew who had a pack of skin
head friends.

I buy the next round of shots and I ask Matt if the guys ankle deep in
blood and sand think about the war. Says most of them know they dying
for profits
theyíll never see and a people that donít want them there because the country
they swore to protect needed someone to swing at. Says even if there
was a magic wand that would bring all the boys home with the ease of a
credit card swipe no one would use it. As long as theyíre out there,
he says, we have to fight them. As I sit in this air conditioned bar,
looking at a parking lot full of unexploded cars filled with expensive
gasoline, I am bereft of argument.

I know how ready for war Matt looked in his straight laces
and number one crop. How he would sing along
to my Smiths tape when no one else was around.

How he once fended off fifteen NorteŮos with a skateboard
and knife with a swastika carved in the handle and cried
when his friend got kicked face first into a barbwire fence.

I donít ask if he still believes that white people are some how more
on his side. When we leave here he will still be locked into a uniform
I am again
unable to talk him out of.
Post Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:36 pm
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Trenchard is deadly. Been meaning to pick this up. Dang!
Post Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:31 pm
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looking forward to this. big fan of geoff and the suicide kings.
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