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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 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 provides 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 publication, and that might ensue to you too. learn, for example, the final poem, “Nuts,” and skim the good “How to disregard an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked endlessly. learn the entire leisure, 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 most unlikely to not fall in love.
  —David Ferry, writer of confusion, 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 recognition to the issues of the realm, from baseball video games to zoo elephants to the newly loved. Nicol is a melodic author, referred to as first to the song of phrases, to “speech that shall we the sound/ hold the better a part of what's said.” He’s additionally a poet whose pictures you won’t quickly omit. They summon the genuine international and at the same time render it otherworldly.
 While the poems supply moments of ecstatic get away, they’re extra usually held in money via an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a slightly of Baudelaire. Poise and wit succeed in those psalms; they provide us either depression inflected through gentle and illumination held quickly by way of darkness.
  —Erica Funkhouser, writer of Earthly

If we'd simply make the effort to allow one among Alfred Nicol’s poems sink in during the awesome latticed grid of its formal external, how the reality of what he has to assert in regards to the human situation might hit us the way in which 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, expensive reader, which seems to be none except you.
  —Paul Mariani, writer of Epitaphs for the Journey


Alfred Nicol’s publication of poetry, Elegy for everybody, received the 1st Anita Dorn Memorial Prize. He acquired the Richard Wilbur Award for wintry weather gentle. He has written lyrics in French and English for 9 unique compositions via classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano. Their CD, the sophisticated Thread, has acquired airplay on WMBR’s application French Toast. Nicol’s poems have seemed in Poetry, The Hopkins evaluate, darkish Horse, First issues, the hot England assessment, Commonweal, The Formalist, and different literary journals, in addition to in modern Poetry of latest England and different anthologies.
 Animal Psalms used to be a finalist for the 2015 capable Muse publication Award.

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