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Comment: Paperback book of poetry, 27 pages. Stated first edition 2003. Winner 2002 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. No marks, no tears. 3 lower corners are bent back just a little. The front cover a little creased by the spine. Book was never completely opened, probably never read. Ships fast, first class.
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A native New Yorker, NANCY NAOMI CARLSON’s full-length collection of poetry, Kings Highway, won the 1997 Writers’ Publishing House competition. She also was a winner of The Ledge 2002 Poetry Awards competition. Featured on Poetry Daily, her work has also appeared in Poet Lore, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Texas Review, and elsewhere. She is an editor for Tupelo Press and runs a community writers’ group at Barnes and Noble.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881515567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881515562
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,452,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2003
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Winner of the 2002 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, Complications Of The Heart is a selection of emotionally moving free-verse of experienced poet and community writers' group runner Nancy Naomi Carlson. Stream-of-consciousness style enthusiasm often marks the flowing imagery of her highly recommended work. Awaking to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons": The deer must wonder at this frosted sunrise,/salt lick iced over, each linden limb doubled/in weight, each blade of grass enclosed/in its own sheath that splinters underfoot/beneath a patchwork of Halloween leaves/gathered like souls unearthed and ambered./Her lover pulls her back under the quilt/and fingers the length of her sternum/as if burnishing a Chinese flute/recovered after nine thousand years,/made from the wing bone of an extinct bird./"Music of the spheres," he whispers and plays/the sun of middle "G," then Venus,/Mercury, the elements of fire, water, and air/sealed to the end, down to earth,/and still she burns, and she burns, and burns.
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