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By Alfred Nicol

ISBN-10: 1927409691

ISBN-13: 9781927409695

Alfred Nicol’s Animal Psalms starts off at the baseball field’s geared up 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 themes 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 shiny and shady spectra of our interactions. Recognizable soliloquies with the meditative self or dialogues with the liked are unraveled for willing insights at the human condition—deconstructing them until eventually the connecting or knotty threads are uncovered. Nicol supplies us a mature selection 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 e-book, and that might 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 perpetually. learn all of the 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 booklet Award

As the name Animal Psalms indicates, there's reverence here—a reverence that derives much less from faith than from a non secular realization to the issues of the area, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly loved. Nicol is a melodic author, known as first to the tune of phrases, to “speech that we could 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 global and concurrently render it otherworldly.
 While the poems provide moments of ecstatic get away, they’re extra frequently held in cost by way of an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a slightly of Baudelaire. Poise and wit be successful in those psalms; they offer us either depression inflected by means of mild and illumination held quickly through darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we'd merely make an effort to permit certainly one of Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in throughout the awesome 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 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 stunned if—after analyzing those poems—you locate them turning again to their precise topic, pricey 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 obtained 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 got airplay on WMBR’s application French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins overview, darkish Horse, First issues, the recent England assessment, 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 ebook Award.

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