Sidewalk Portrait


Rick Henry's Sidewalk Portrait is audaciously conceived and meticulously crafted. It's such a winning work of word art in its modernist and pomo impulses that it seems it should have already been with us for decades, like the recently discovered experiment of a lost Oulipo genius. But don't presume Henry is some dour coffeehouse fixture — this is a fun and vibrant work, full of rewards and child-like enthusiasms. There is really nothing like it. — Ted Pelton, founder, Starcherone Books


A fragmentary novella tracing Kittle's decline and fall.


He tests the glass with his fingertips, tests its pressure point, presses lightly, and again, into a harmonic quiver. Just to see. Just to see.