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MIP Release: Bog Light by Rodney Nelson

16 Mar

I have had the privilege of working with bright and experienced clients via Middle Island Press over the past few years. I love working with poets who are or have been professional editors such as Rodney Nelson whose Bog Light was just approved for printing.

From the Middle Island Press website:

The poems of Bog Light start with late summer, its heat and overgrowth, moving on through fall and into the severe religiosity of northern winter. On occasion Nelson takes the name of a holiday or saint’s day, for example, in “Saint Scholastica’s,” as title. “There is counterpoint here,” he says. “Title and poem are not at one, and I don’t try to make them seem so. It’s enough to leave human reality where it is—and nature’s—and only watch and listen. They join somewhere.”

Nelson - Bog Light Cover 1 JPEGA browse upon page 11 of Bog Light

“PARK WOODS”

trail not the tug of it
no known or imagined
beckoning at the crook

one time you would have hiked
alone or not on this
and any afternoon

high bright clouding and a
turkey vulture lazing
in one time or any

hardwood shade and deerflies’
the only jingo but
not enough to goad you

a too-heroic theme
of mind to be whistled
only within your own

maybe the pull again
an other waiting at
the lot or where beyond

Pick up a copy of Bog Light, a thoughtful collection for intellectual minds that need a poetic respite with their coffee.

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