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Heart’s Code

Heart’s Code

By Eugene StevensonPublisher: Kelsay BooksISBN: 9781639805358Genre: PoetryPrice: $20.00
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This debut collection of poetry ruminates on points of origin and journeys in sharply observed language. Simultaneously plain and artful, poem after poem draws us into dislocated people finding their way, following their own path, as a sensuous realism that conducts its own exploration, both familiar and unfamiliar, without constraining, as the “world / recede[s] in the distance.” Heart’s Code is a meditation on a world balancing at the edge of its own disappearance.

Eugene Stevenson is the son of immigrants, and the father of expatriates. He is the author of Heart's Code (Kelsay Books, 2024) and The Population of Dreams (Finishing Line Press, 2022). Stevenson's poems have been published widely in literary magazines. He lives in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. More at eugenestevenson.com.


Eugene Stevenson’s Heart’s Code is a work of true wonder. Ever since my introduction to his poetry, I have awaited his collection, and it is nothing short of magnificent. With deft precision and a keen eye, Stevenson captures ‘the places of great joy [and] the places of great pain’ with a tender grace and moving beauty that will leave readers’ hearts aching for more.

Michelle Champagne, Susurrus, A Literary Arts Magazine of the American South

Filled with snapshots of compassion, the poems in Heart’s Code explore both the grand and pocket-sized experiences that drive us apart and bring us back together again, transformed into something greater than before.

Maxwell Bauman, Door Is A Jar Literary Magazine Editor-In-Chief

Expansive and stirring, Heart’s Code carries us through complex landscapes of generational love and loss. A study in impermanence, anchored to nature’s juxtaposed cycles of rebirth, Stevenson’s verse offers redemption through the very journey itself. A poetic atlas of life’s gutting transience, not to be missed.

Kelly Easton, Editor, Compass Rose Literary Journal