Animal Psalms - Poems by Alfred Nicol PDF

By Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol’s Animal Psalms starts off at the baseball field’s equipped uncertainties, and maintains on many a trajectory of animal ruminations—with the human species good accounted for—ending within the imbalance of the typical “Nuts” round us. the themes contain the elephant, snake, sheep, skunk, bee, couple dynamics, the rigors and triumphs of the ruler or the everyman. this can be a assortment wealthy in aphorisms at the vivid and shady spectra of our interactions. Recognizable soliloquies with the meditative self or dialogues with the loved are unraveled for prepared insights at the human condition—deconstructing them till the connecting or knotty threads are uncovered. Nicol offers us a mature number of quiet mirrored image, with wit and knowledge deployed via finely crafted poems of masterful formal dexterity.

PRAISE FOR ANIMAL PSALMS:

Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this ebook, and that might take place to you too. learn, for example, the final poem, “Nuts,” and browse the nice “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked eternally. learn the entire relaxation, those poems through Alfred Nicol that have our numbers, and feature his personal too, that inform approximately our lives, and his, and the lives of snakes, and bees, and elephants, with such humor, and pity, and compliment, for we all, human and animal, in our events. It’s very unlikely to not fall in love.
  —David Ferry, writer of misunderstanding, winner of the nationwide ebook Award

As the identify Animal Psalms indicates, there's reverence here—a reverence that derives much less from faith than from a spiritual cognizance to the issues of the realm, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly liked. Nicol is a melodic author, known as first to the track of phrases, to “speech that we could the sound/ hold the better a part of what's said.” He’s additionally a poet whose photos you won’t quickly fail to remember. They summon the true global and concurrently render it otherworldly.
 While the poems supply moments of ecstatic get away, they’re extra frequently held in payment via an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a slightly of Baudelaire. Poise and wit be successful in those psalms; they offer us either depression inflected through mild and illumination held quick by way of darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we'd simply take some time to enable one in every of Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in during the great latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to claim in regards to the human situation might hit us the best way a line force whips towards you on a dreamy summer’s afternoon, startling you again into the electrical now. i admire those poems simply because they evoke for me the zany, religious power of the Beats welded as just a workman can paintings unwieldy issues to the tempered grid of six centuries of formalism. Don’t be shocked if—after analyzing those poems—you locate them turning again to their actual topic, pricey reader, which seems to be none except you.
  —Paul Mariani, writer of Epitaphs for the Journey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alfred Nicol’s e-book of poetry, Elegy for everybody, gained the 1st Anita Dorn Memorial Prize. He bought the Richard Wilbur Award for iciness mild. He has written lyrics in French and English for 9 unique compositions via classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano. Their CD, the delicate Thread, has got airplay on WMBR’s application French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins evaluate, darkish Horse, First issues, the hot England evaluate, Commonweal, The Formalist, and different literary journals, in addition to in modern Poetry of recent England and different anthologies.
 Animal Psalms was once a finalist for the 2015 capable Muse booklet Award.

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