Square Inch Hours


Sherod Santos (Author)

Overview | Formats

“Sherod Santos brilliantly negotiates the provinces of poetry and prose, of imagination and memoir.… As enigmatic as Borges, and beautiful in a way only Santos can be.” —David Baker

A poetic meditation, Square Inch Hours draws on elements from fiction, memoir, daybook, and reverie, piecing together moments in the aftermath of a breakdown. With adamant attentiveness, the speaker turns his focus to reality in its minute particulars: the palsied hand of a grocery clerk; copulating flies on a windowsill; a deep gouge, like a bullet hole, in his apartment door. The title Square Inch Hours expresses his urge to capture each moment, as in the square of a photograph. Through intense sensual perception, he begins to reconnect with the world.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35667-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 80 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverSquare Inch Hours: Poems


Endorsements & Reviews

“Emotionally charged.… These diorama-like texts, which locate a range of human feelings in the sundry details of the everyday, are something of a contemporary Book of Disquiet.” — Publishers Weekly

Square Inch Hours is notable for the precision, honesty, and clarity with which it details the life of the mind.” — Harvard Review

“This is a book of observation, a catalog of urban surfaces and psychological detachment—as if suddenly Camus’s Stranger started to walk in the Chicago streets. Sherod Santos’s brilliant literary experiment.” — Adam Zagajewski

“These prose poems and aphorisms, these lyrical narratives, unfold exponentially. This truly is a work much greater than the sum of any parts. Stunning.” — John Kinsella

“There are seraphim and scars, fog and Fellini in this brilliant collection, where the incisive, rhythmic imagery of poetry meets the depth and narrative of fiction. Every page evokes and invites the reader to see more clearly, to imagine more wildly, to read and to breathe more deeply.” — Amy Bloom

Also by Sherod Santos All

  1. Book CoverThe City of Women: A Sequence of Poems and Prose


  2. Book CoverGreek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation


  3. Book CoverThe Intricated Soul: New and Selected Poems


All Subjects