Inside what appear to be harmless little things -- miniature Bibles, folded t-shirts, catfish -- Chris Tusa has hidden firecrackers and bottlerockets.  Inventing an End's poems are filled with bang! and woosh!, with surprises and truth.

--Josh Russell, author of Yellow Jack


There are certainly times when I want a poem to look me in the eye, tell me the truth, grab my collar, and walk me through the real world.The poems in Chris Tusa’s collection, Inventing an End, accomplish this with music and beauty.  Tusa’s is a rare gift of honesty
and clarity. Readers will surely appreciate how his devotion to craft develops, poemby poem, in this book.  I know I do.

                        --Jack B. Bedell, author of At the Bonehouse 
                          and What Passes for Love