New PDF release: Animal Psalms - Poems

By Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol’s Animal Psalms starts off at the baseball field’s prepared 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 topics comprise the elephant, snake, sheep, skunk, bee, couple dynamics, the rigors and triumphs of the ruler or the everyman. it is a assortment wealthy in aphorisms at the vibrant and shady spectra of our interactions. Recognizable soliloquies with the meditative self or dialogues with the loved are unraveled for willing insights at the human condition—deconstructing them until eventually the connecting or knotty threads are uncovered. Nicol offers us a mature choice of quiet mirrored image, with wit and knowledge deployed via finely crafted poems of masterful formal dexterity.


Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this publication, and that would occur to you too. learn, for example, the final poem, “Nuts,” and skim the good “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked perpetually. learn all of the relaxation, those poems by way of 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 confusion, 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 realization to the issues of the area, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly cherished. Nicol is a melodic author, referred to as first to the track of phrases, to “speech that we could the sound/ hold the higher a part of what's said.” He’s additionally a poet whose photographs you won’t quickly disregard. They summon the genuine global and concurrently render it otherworldly.
 While the poems provide moments of ecstatic break out, they’re extra frequently held in money by way of an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a marginally of Baudelaire. Poise and wit succeed in those psalms; they provide us either depression inflected via gentle and illumination held quick through darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we might in simple terms make an effort to permit one in all Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in in the course of the fantastic latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to claim concerning the human situation may hit us the way in which a line force whips towards you on a dreamy summer’s afternoon, startling you again into the electrical now. i like those poems simply because they evoke for me the zany, non secular strength of the Beats welded as just a workman can paintings unwieldy issues to the tempered grid of six centuries of formalism. Don’t be stunned if—after examining those poems—you locate them turning again to their actual topic, expensive reader, which seems to be none except you.
  —Paul Mariani, writer of Epitaphs for the Journey


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

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