Creature Way
ISBN: 1952411297
EAN13: 9781952411298
Language: English
Pages: 94
Format: Paperback

Creature Way

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I once included Harley Elliott in a group I referred to as Poets of the 6th Principle Meridian (the north-south line used as a base for the Public Land Survey System that laid out the hatch-work of green and brown quadrangles we see as we fly over heartland America). He has lived for many years within a stone's throw of that meridian and his poems often speak as straight as a section-line road about the beating hearts of prairie denizens. The forms of the poems on the pages of Creature Way put me in mind of that characterization; short line lengths make the poems on their pages into graphic depictions of prairie perspectives; apparently simple words put together in what appear to be simple ways are revealed by attentive reading to express insightful truths as inter- twined and intense as the tillering subsurface webs that sustain prairie grasses through drought and fire and flood. You owe yourself this conversation with Harley Elliott. -Roy Beckemeyer, Author of Mouth Brimming Over (Blue Cedar Press, 2019) Few poets can meditate on a prairie scene (or any scene) with Harley's wicked, intelligent wit. For instance, when climbing through a barbwire fence following a lovely woman, Harley writes, If she turns and / parts the wires for you / call the preacher. That's all Harley: voice and smarts and humility and romance, all at once. -Kevin Rabas (Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017- 2019), All That Jazz Harley Elliott is a homespun philosopher with a gifted ear and the heart of a laughing scavenger. -Steven Hind Harley Elliott is the poet who made me want to be a poet. His new book of revelations, Creature Way, continues to interrogate the relationship between humans and other living beings--including stones. The poem Turquoise asserts, Some say it looks like sky. / Some say it is sky. Artifice collapses. This is an essential book about the cosmos from the poet who changed my life. -Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate

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