The Moon Over Edgar by Ian Felice
Title: The Moon Over Edgar
Author: Ian Felice
LOC #: 2021944562
Publication Date: 2/14/2022
Retail Price: $15.00
5.83” x 8.27” Paperback; 80 Pages
Distributed by Ingram and Sibling Rivalry Press
Author is available for appearances and interviews
Publisher Contact: [email protected]
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"I am not speaking of a friend. Although he is one. Ian Felice is the only songwriter I am and will ever be jealous of. Since encountering his music fifteen or so years ago he has changed my life and art in profound ways. Inspired is not the word. No justice in that. He has broken and mended my heart a thousand times over. There is not a lot left I believe in. Just deflated beach balls in the sand. But Ian's poetry hides me in a safehouse of understanding. He is a wellspring of what is the best of the human heart. Terrifying and life affirming in one miraculous mess. There is an active shooter. I am hiding under my desk but there is a rainbow outside the window. That's Ian."
"Think: The Maysles and Salesman. Think: Frank Stanford and The Singing Knives. Think: Sara Ogan Gunning singing the boatman and his dead passengers across that River Styx. Now call the river 'U.S.' Silver coin to pass. The Moon Over Edgar is a book for anyone living in this upside down wealth we call America, looking for a way to be right side up. On his records, Ian Felice is our screaming balladeer of sanity. Here he whispers the truth, and somehow I feel more shaken."
-Rebecca Gayle Howell, author of American Purgatory
In the lurid and ash-bound dreamscapes of Ian Felice’s The Moon Over Edgar, sleep conjures the dangerous and darling vertex of surprise. These linked sonnets chart the uncanny pursuits of an insurance salesman named Edgar, inviting us into realms of the strange—fairy tales, prophecies, premonitions—with a powerful sense of beauty and candor, ultimately delivering a fantastic and frightening world of infinite possibility. By the book’s end, we find ourselves in Edgar’s shoes, asking: “Well-dressed skeletons, spinning carelessly, / Transport me to that happy place.”
Ian Felice is an artist, musician, and poet born and raised in the Catskill Mountains. He is the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers. He is the author of the poetry collection Hotel Swampland, which accompanied his solo record, In the Kingdom of Dreams. More about him can be found at ianfelice.com.