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Night Sky Frequencies
Poems
Debra Nystrom




Sheep Meadow
2016 • 190 pp. 6 1/2 x 9"
Poetry

$22.50 Paperback, 978-1-937679-59-0



“Debra Nystrom’s poems are like prairie grass bending in the wind and living off of nothing. They contain a stark human story of two abandoned... [continued in Reviews below]”—Henri Cole,

“glistening with constellations”

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Debra Nystrom’s poems are like prairie grass bending in the wind and living off of nothing. They contain a stark human story of two abandoned children—Will and Ellie—whose darker hair and skin make them aware of differences. This is the story of their lives. If you listen closely, beyond the hard-caked land, the parched air, and the oceanic loneliness, you will hear a harmonica playing. The night sky glistens with constellations. And something pure is being lifted out of nothingness.”—Henri Cole

From the Book:

Every few years he calls from / someplace new, a better job / with free long-distance, offering / a memory, a sort of kindness you / can't repay, voice from the dark / bringing back tight yellow satin, / lights switched out in the stilled / gymnasium, somewhere under / bleachers matching yellow shoes / you don't know how to grope for / turned as you are, listening to / another dark, voice like water but / thicker, leading you barefoot out / of the locked building into the fire.



DEBRA NYSTROM’S three previous poetry collections include A Quarter Turn (Sheep Meadow Press, 1991). She’s received awards from Five Points, VQR, Shenandoah, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Arts Commission. She teaches in the University of Virginia’s MFA Program.



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