NC Literary Hall of Fame



Some Wonder: Poems by Eric Nelson

Gival Press
$15.00, paperback / $7.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-940724-02-7
October, 2015
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Winner of the 2015 London Book Festival Award for Poetry and the 2015 New England Book Festival Award for Poetry!

"I love the voice in these poems, so accessible, so conversational, yet frequently able to extract from the ordinary places and everyday moments of our lives a kind of holy instant, of joy, of tenderness, of wonder, of insight that is 'crisp as snapped fingers.' Eric Nelson's poems are peopled with chickens, guns and lovers, poets and writers, mountains and dogwoods and camellias, and lots of birds. Plus more than a couple of dogs. And his poems have something of the genius of dogs about them, knowing when and exactly how to roll around in dead and earthy things, and consistently sniffing out the 'loamy aroma of love.'"
—Paul Hostovsky, author of The Bad Guys and Selected Poems

"Reading these new poems by Eric Nelson, some may wonder that his work is not more widely known. Interweaving fertility and mortality, the poems brim with a reverential incredulity. With its signature tenderness for human vulnerability, an expansive sense of place, and crystalline language threaded with wit, Some Wonder is a collection that appeals on every page."
—A. E. Stringer, author of Late Breaking and Human Costume

"Eric Nelson is a barker in a language bazaar, and Some Wonder is, well, some wonder of lyric and imagistic intensity… Some Wonder is filled with poems that take risks, ‘like a circus tent in flames,’ where we ‘begin to look for the alarm we missed.’ Don’t miss reading this terrific book of poems."
—Seth Brady Tucker, judge and author of We Deserve the Gods We Ask For

Whether writing about backyard chickens, dead friends, bodily odors, dog walking, punctuation marks, or the ordinary joys and sorrows of family life, the poems in Some Wonder show that there is nothing more wondrous, finally, than ordinary life passing through the lens of a rich imagination.

Eric Nelson’s five previous poetry collections include The Twins, winner of the Split Oak Press Chapbook Award; Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award; and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, and many other venues. He taught creative writing at Georgia Southern University for twenty-six years. He and his wife, Stephanie Tames, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2015.

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