By Alfred Nicol
PRAISE FOR ANIMAL PSALMS:
Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this ebook, and that may take place to you too. learn, for example, the final poem, “Nuts,” and skim the nice “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked endlessly. learn all of the leisure, those poems via 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 occasions. It’s most unlikely to not fall in love.
—David Ferry, writer of misunderstanding, winner of the nationwide publication Award
As the name 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 area, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly liked. Nicol is a melodic author, referred to 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 photographs you won’t quickly overlook. They summon the true global and at the same time render it otherworldly.
While the poems supply moments of ecstatic break out, they’re extra frequently held in cost by means of an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a marginally of Baudelaire. Poise and wit succeed in those psalms; they offer us either depression inflected through gentle and illumination held quick by means of darkness.
—Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly
If we'd in simple terms make the effort to enable one among Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in in the course of the fabulous latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to assert in regards to the human 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 like 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 shocked if—after analyzing those poems—you locate them turning again to their real topic, pricey reader, which seems to be none except you.
—Paul Mariani, writer of Epitaphs for the Journey
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alfred Nicol’s booklet of poetry, Elegy for everybody, gained the 1st Anita Dorn Memorial Prize. He acquired the Richard Wilbur Award for iciness gentle. He has written lyrics in French and English for 9 unique compositions through classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano. Their CD, the sophisticated Thread, has bought airplay on WMBR’s application French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins assessment, darkish Horse, First issues, the hot England overview, 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 ebook Award.
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