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By Alfred Nicol

Alfred Nicol’s Animal Psalms starts off at the baseball field’s geared up 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 contain the elephant, snake, sheep, skunk, bee, couple dynamics, the pains and triumphs of the ruler or the everyman. it is a assortment wealthy in aphorisms at the brilliant and shady spectra of our interactions. Recognizable soliloquies with the meditative self or dialogues with the loved 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 selection of quiet mirrored image, with wit and knowledge deployed via finely crafted poems of masterful formal dexterity.

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 browse the good “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked ceaselessly. learn all of the relaxation, 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 confusion, winner of the nationwide publication Award

As the identify 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 realm, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly liked. Nicol is a melodic author, known as first to the song 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 omit. They summon the true international and concurrently render it otherworldly.
 While the poems supply moments of ecstatic break out, they’re extra usually held in payment through an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a marginally of Baudelaire. Poise and wit be triumphant in those psalms; they offer us either melancholy inflected by means of mild and illumination held quickly through darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we might basically make an effort to allow one in all Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in in the course of the excellent latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to claim in regards to the human situation might 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, non secular 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 shocked if—after analyzing those poems—you locate them turning again to their actual topic, pricey reader, which seems to be none except you.
  —Paul Mariani, writer of Epitaphs for the Journey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alfred Nicol’s e-book of poetry, Elegy for everybody, received 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 bought airplay on WMBR’s software French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins evaluate, darkish Horse, First issues, the recent 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 ebook Award.

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