"these soulful poems sing with operatic breath of loss and the tender moments when we find irrefutable hope.
[music for mussolini] dances with memory, rides the edges of grief, and sings with wit and longing. whether remembering a mother or reckoning with histories of war and oppression, the poems here dare to turn gaze and body toward life's brightest and darkest mysteries."
-brynn saito, author of the palace of contemplating departure
"From mom-and-dad origins to the post-millennial space / time surveillance state he now calls home, nick johnson tells all with a thrill."
-Al Young, California's former poet laureate & author of Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry