Our goal is to minimize confusion while maximizing the wattage of common and uncommon words and phrases, affections, and connections. For verbal delight mixed with both common and uncommon insight, you've come to the right place.
This first book of poems by Carl Nelson delights in verbal play, rumination, assonance and dissonance, silliness and sadness, the comedy/drama of the small event, the inspired flight of thought, and topics of all sorts from Dumbo to Oscar Wilde. What's a book for if not a place to fly poems like paper airplanes.
Poems that push the contrary. Poems that vent. Poems that stick their tongue out and don't wash their hands. Poems that are critical. Poems that eulogize Bukowski. Poems that embrace unpopular topics and thoughts. Poems that embrace religion and bourgeoisie life and still enjoy small birds, kids, and dogs.
Poems taken from a current life of moseying around a small Ohio river town.
My grandma read me poetry from an old 1800 poetry book by Longfellow. She had the book forever. She almost lost it in the 1913 flood but found it in the mud outside her house when the river went down.
The poetry of a woman's life lived in rural Appalachia on the Ohio River. Deftly written characters and piquant stories will engage you.
I met my friend when we were nine and in the third grade.
When anyone talked to her she hung her head
and chewed her long stringy hair.
We had a couple of things in common, so she talked to me.
Our dads and grandfathers were friends.
Both of our grandfathers also committed suicide a few days apart.
Christopher Friend gives us a bejeweled accounting of the spiritual presences inhabiting his West Virginia, in drawings, poems, and essay form. Odd word pairings, curious accounts, and strange images will challenge the reader.