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Hjemkomst by Rodney Nelson

The first Middle Island Press release of the year 2017: Hjemkomst (ISBN 978-0-9980732-6-2) by Rodney Nelson reads as a glimpse into the perceptions of a poet who has lived enough years to witness the perennial coming and going of the seasons with an understanding that the ways of the landscape are undying in contrast with human mortality. This is Nelson’s seventh title published by Middle Island Press, and it’s one of my personal favorites. We wish him many more!

(Readers can browse the interior and purchase copies of Hjemkomst at Amazon.com.)

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Literary News

 

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Middle Island Press Release: Billy Boy by Rodney Nelson

Billy Boy, North Dakota poet Rodney Nelson’s SIXTH Middle Island Press title, was released this month and is unique insomuch as its contents are more relaxed in theme and “reachable” likely to a broader audience. He says this about his new chapbook:

Nelson - Billy Boy Cover JPEG“Most often, my poetry tries to take the reader out to prairie and desert and mountain—“the sticks”—but on occasion it can wither into something that only a stickman might have written. Find evidence of this in the wry, dry sticks of Billy Boy. I attempted to bind them all together with a string of “action” poems. It didn’t work, but the pile of remains may be worth a laugh. Here’s one: While Billy Boy was going on, a health lapse turned once-mesomorphic me into a stickman.” –Rodney Nelson

Billy Boy is now available at Amazon.com where several pages can be previewed. Poets appreciate the support of readers!

 

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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Literary News

 

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Cross Point Road by Rodney Nelson

(A Middle Island Press book release)

Nelson - Cross Point Road Cover JPEGNorth Dakota poet Rodney Nelson’s Cross Point Road (ISBN 978-0-6922-6780-6) is his fifth Middle Island Press title, his second full-length poetry book that we’ve published in the past several months.

It’s a beautiful collection on a variety of subjects. His work in general possesses a quiet sort of panache–sophistication without pretense–and with much to offer readers and poets who genuinely seek to improve their own craft. Nelson has decades of professional literary experience, and he pens his own personal experience in Cross Point Road.

From the Middle Island Press website:

Poet Rodney Nelson’s home region, the Red River prairie, has been called a valley but is in fact a seabed with hidden beaches rimming it. The native and restored grassland of Felton Prairie is up on one of these. Nelson walks there often and has borrowed its name for this collection of poems.

Copies can be purchased through the Middle Island Press website, Amazon.com and elsewhere online.

 

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Literary News

 

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Middle Island Press Release: Felton Prairie by Rodney Nelson

Nelson - Felton Prairie Cover JPEGAs we at Middle Island Press delve into the world of perfect-bound book-publishing, it’s with a glowing sense of accomplishment that we present North Dakota poet Rodney Nelson’s fourth Middle Island Press title, Felton Prairie.

Nelson’s home region, the Red River prairie, has been called a valley but is in fact a seabed with hidden beaches rimming it. The native and restored grassland of Felton Prairie is up on one of these. Nelson walks there often and has borrowed its name for this 105-page collection of poems which is available through the Middle Island Press website, and also through Amazon.com and elsewhere online.

A Kindle version will soon be available for download.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Literary News

 

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Mollogon Picnic by Rodney Nelson

North Dakota poet Rodney Nelson has been actively compiling and publishing his poems for as long as I’ve known him. Aside from his two poetry collections published through Middle Island Press, he has several other titles available (to include his late 2013 release of Mollogon Picnic, a Red Dashboard publication).

Congrats on your fine work and determination to get your words in the hands of readers, Rodney! May they always be received with enjoyment…

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Literary News

 

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Middle Island Press Release: Sighting the Flood by Rodney Nelson

Nelson - STF Cover JPEGWe are privileged to have worked again with North Dakota poet Rodney Nelson on presenting his second Middle Island Press chapbook, Sighting the Flood (ISBN 978-1-4675-7626-0), a sophisticated account (with translations from Swedish and German) of recurrent flooding in his area.

From the MIP website:

“Rodney Nelson’s Red River prairie is a seabed, and in flood time the brown waters seem to reach out toward the old shores. Of late, he says, ‘a spring emergency has become routine. Forecasted river levels keep changing. Temporary dikes go up. Everyone is prepared to join in; and at one point the governor makes a public call on Washington for emergency assistance. The so-called flood flight has become ritual and a dark source of pride.’ Some of the poems in Sighting the Flood touch on this annual crisis and the prairie minds that have to undergo it.'”

Sighting the Flood is now available at Amazon.com as well as the Middle Island Press website. As always, we encourage readers to share a kind review.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Literary News

 

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MIP Release: Bog Light by Rodney Nelson

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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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Literary News

 

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