Coming spring 2018
from Nualláin House, Publishers
by Pat Nolan
Selected Poems Volume I
The title of this volume of Pat Nolan’s selected poems, So Much, references the seminal (and most divisive) poem of modern American poetry, “Spring & All, XXII” by William Carlos Williams about a red wheelbarrow, chickens, and rain.
The poems in this selection were actualized and finalized beyond their handwritten originals on a typewriter hence the designation of this twenty year span as Handwritten Typewriter. They are arranged in a somewhat chronological order by when they were published or approximately when they were written.
However as Nolan states in the preface to the selected poems:
“The subtitle of this selection, or any collection of my poems for that matter, should rightfully be Coffee and Its Attributed Effects. At their most basic, my poems are a record of a profound addiction to the coffee bean. A cup in the morning is akin to sacrament. Mr. Coffee or espresso machine occupy a special little kitchen altar nook. A booster at midmorning and mid-afternoon reaffirms the impetus of the sacred brew. The ceramic vessel like a sacred grail is the object in quest of a refill. Where did I leave it last? The perennial question. Coffee and its cup often complete that moment of reflection on the divinity of being that can be put into words as poetry.”
Praise for Pat Nolan’s previous books of poetry
“Pat Nolan is one of the poets, Ted Berrigan once said, that you have to always keep an eye on because he can do unexpected startling things that leave you eating his dust.
— Andrei Codrescu, author of So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012.
“Descriptions of nature so translucent we can only marvel how he weaves us into them, onward, around that eternal share of misfortune, bitter realization, and expectations gone wrong. This is Nolan’s secret power. He engages us in magical transformation and will not let us look away.”
— Maureen Owen, author of Erosion’s Pull and Edges of Water
“. . .alive with details to coax our attention, urge our sensitivity to the present. Little happens while everything happens. . .Poems arise from the mists. . .Only nature and the moment exist.”
—Robert Feuer, The Sonoma County Gazette
“The poems glow with insight and wit as they simply monitor the flow of a mind steeped in Chinese poetry, bebop, the Russian River, the beats, the birds, Heraclitus. . . .”
—Eric Johnson, poet and print master at Iota Press
“. . .reminded me of James Joyce in that brief moments can become long & engrossing & turn the page for you despite any wishes thoughts & warnings you may have about more . . . .”
—Keith Abbott, poet, professor emeritus, and author of Downstream From Tour Fishing In America, A Memoir.
Pat Nolan lives in Monte Rio along the Russian River. His poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Asia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and two novels. He maintains the blog for the New Black Bart Poetry Society, and is co-founder of Nualláin House, Publishers. His serial fiction, Ode To Sunset, is available for perusal at odetosunset.com. He also edited a collection of haikai no renga entitled Poetry For Sale from Nualláin House, Publishers in 2015. Exile In Paradise, a selection of Chinese derived poems, was published in the Fall of 2017.
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