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"Some Wonder: poems" by Eric Nelson Is Now Available

Some Wonder: poems, winner of the 2014 Gival Press Poetry Award, by Eric Nelson has been released by Gival Press. The collection was selected by last year\’s winner Seth Brady Tucker.


“I love the voice in these poems, so accessible, so conversational, yet frequently able to extract from the ordinary places and everyday moments of our lives a kind of holy instant, of joy, of tenderness, of wonder, of insight that is ‘crisp as snapped fingers.’ Eric Nelson\’s poems are peopled with chickens, guns and lovers, poets and writers, mountains and dogwoods and camellias, and lots of birds. Plus more than a couple of dogs. And his poems have something of the genius of dogs about them, knowing when and exactly how to roll around in dead and earthy things, and consistently sniffing out the ‘loamy aroma of love.’” —Paul Hostovsky, author of The Bad Guys and Selected Poems

“In his powerful new collection, Some Wonder, Eric Nelson takes his reader ‘abroad’ (and beyond) in the most refined sense of those directives. He takes us deeply into experience and into the uniqueness of place. The language is lucid, lyrical, and exactly narrative. Yet the mystery of small moments is everywhere present: in each stanza, every poem.” —Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl and Bright Stranger

“With its signature tenderness for human vulnerability, an expansive sense of place, and crystalline language threaded with wit, Some Wonder is a collection that appeals on every page.” —A. E. Stringer, author of Late Breaking and Human Costume

“The wonders of this superb book begin with its clear, graceful, and accessible language. Whether writing about backyard chickens, dead friends, bodily odors, dog walking, punctuation marks, or the ordinary joys and sorrows of family life, Nelson shows that there is nothing more wondrous, finally, than ordinary life passing through the lens of a rich imagination.” —David Graham, author of Second Wind and Magic Shows

“Eric Nelson is a barker in a language bazaar, and Some Wonder is, well, some wonder of lyric and imagistic intensity… Some Wonder is filled with poems that take risks, ‘like a circus tent in flames,’ where we ‘begin to look for the alarm we missed.’ Don’t miss reading this terrific book of poems.” — Seth Brady Tucker, judge and author of We Deserve the Gods We Ask For

Eric Nelson’s five previous poetry collections include The Twins, winner of the Split Oak Press Chapbook Award; Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award; and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, and many other venues. He and his wife, the writer Stephanie Tames, live in Asheville, North Carolina.

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