My first book of poetry. These were mostly composed in 2014-2015; a few revised before republication in 2016. The mood was political. Some of the poems from that period that I rejected for this volume struck me as too strongly condemnatory, pieces of the moment, that I didn’t like well enough coming back to them after several months. Nutshell is slim, but meaty, 48 pages total.

 

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The title poem of the collection

Contents 

 

Text slide poem Purpose No Secret

Purpose No Secret is a little experimental, but I’m fond of it. So many hints and insinuations.

Give Away the Key
The Structure We Believe
Again
Accept the Change
Over a Five Cent Item
Salvage and Tag 
The Comfrey Plant
The Political Tick 
Carpet Linters
Hogs in a Row
Bones and Claws
Canned Peas
If On the Other Hand
It Is All One
Handle with Care
Purpose No Secret
The Culture
The Culture II
The Culture: Prurience
Goods for Love
Let the Tide Run Its Course
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Respect for the right to be wrong

Mourning Doves
Chum
Thud and Rebound
Newly Hatched
Tenterhooks
Noise
Stones You’ve Gathered
You Are Here
Never So Good
A Trick of Memory
The Face
The Moth
Nutshell
Elucidate
Stop It

 

 

 


 

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