New PDF release: Animal Psalms - Poems

By Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol’s Animal Psalms starts off at the baseball field’s prepared uncertainties, and keeps on many a trajectory of animal ruminations—with the human species good accounted for—ending within the imbalance of the standard “Nuts” round us. the topics 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 cherished are unraveled for prepared insights at the human condition—deconstructing them until eventually the connecting or knotty threads are uncovered. Nicol supplies 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 booklet, and that may take place to you too. learn, for example, the final poem, “Nuts,” and skim the good “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked ceaselessly. learn all of the relaxation, those poems by means 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 misunderstanding, winner of the nationwide booklet Award

As the name Animal Psalms indicates, there's reverence here—a reverence that derives much less from faith than from a spiritual consciousness to the issues of the area, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly loved. Nicol is a melodic author, referred to as first to the track of phrases, to “speech that shall we the sound/ hold the higher a part of what's said.” He’s additionally a poet whose photos you won’t quickly put out of your mind. They summon the true international and concurrently render it otherworldly.
 While the poems provide moments of ecstatic get away, they’re extra usually held in cost through an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a slightly of Baudelaire. Poise and wit be successful in those psalms; they offer us either melancholy inflected by means of gentle and illumination held quick by means of darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we'd simply take some time to allow considered one of Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in throughout the incredible latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to claim concerning the human situation could 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 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 real 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 bought the Richard Wilbur Award for wintry weather mild. He has written lyrics in French and English for 9 unique compositions through classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano. Their CD, the sophisticated Thread, has got airplay on WMBR’s application French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins evaluation, 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 used to be a finalist for the 2015 capable Muse booklet Award.

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