Jon Sands has traveled into a ridiculous world, where nothing is too hilarious to not be honest, and nothing is too honest to not get you pregnant. Best of all, he’s packed us in his suitcase. He represents an ever-changing population of those raised elsewhere who find themselves beckoned by the history, mystique, and magic-makers of New York City. These poems inhabit their own contradictions, and exquisitely navigate the many complicated sides of what it means to be alive. Jon Sands is a high-stakes, honest poet of wild range. Sands possesses the remarkable ability to celebrate just as deeply as he mourns & whichever city he moves through in his poems … one can be certain that there will be some singing. That’s just what these poems do. – Aracelis Girmay, author Sands scours buses in Queens, faceless bullets, and a city full of “back talk” to find a place where we can all “fall madly in Jon,” and we do. Always fresh, The New Clean is a poetics of triumph – Michael Cirelli, Executive Director of Urban Word-NYC
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