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Eric Ekstrand; Donald Revell, fwd.

2015 • 88 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry of Place / Poetry - LGBT

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-003-8

“Ekstrand's debut collection is a slow burn in which poems dance around the idea of apocalypse, both literally and metaphorically, as they build on what has come before and provide a grounding for what comes next.”—Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize

Laodicea speaks English sympathetically at the edge of sense, where this world reveals another latent; and this world remains ordinary, just like we like it. In a time when we are told, amazingly, the universe is math, what does this mean for our friendships, for our language? Laodicea reminds, laughingly, that “The mind and the world / together are a Co-Cathedral”—the impulse for love and play.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Eric Ekstrand sets his margins moving and finds a center everywhere his loving eye alights. His concerns are tender and keen for shrines in the flesh that undisguise the blasted shrines of these United States.”—Donald Revell, Judge of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest

"Laodicea is like an extended view out to the horizon with all that land in between"—Kent Shaw, Fanzine

“The book’s most conspicuous motivation is to make poetry happen between “you” and the poem; that is to say where the line ends, your imagination cannot idle and where, deliberately, the words do not say it all, it is the reader’s mind that finishes the thought.”—Tomáš Suchánek, B O D Y

ERIC EKSTRAND lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his husband, Danny, and his father, Ken. He teaches writing at Wake Forest University. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:22:41 -0500