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The Man With Many Pens
Jonathan Wells

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2015 • 76

pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-63-5

“. . . This is a terrific book, serious, bemused, generous, revealing the most complicated facets of our human connections.”—Eric Belieu

The book is concerned with the multiple complex emotions of love

The Man with Many Pens is about love—“a love that smells so much like blood”—and song—“a song that the oak leaves will not finish.” These poems examine how a single love or a single song contains multiple personalities and contradictory forces, tensions, and concordances.

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“. . . The Man with Many Pens is a musically rich and moving collection, one I will return to with pleasure.”—Kevin Prufer

From the Book:

“Deer Run”

After two cycles of the moon, the deer are still
standing in the rapids. Their ankles split the river
into twelve new streams. A flash of danger in the water
and their leap to the bank is muted by damp leaves.
Their hooves make no sound and their white tails
leave no color in the dusk.

We watched them through the upstairs window,
the heat behind us as warm as the kitchen below
was ample, canned food in the pantry stacked
like ammunition and fruit in a rounded pyramid
on the counter waiting for the children's reach.

The deer fixed the river in the evening and a TV
sparkled in the corner after we found our dinner.
We were reverent and special then like guests
at a vision a god had offered that carried us
spellbound and cradled us in our ground.

JONATHAN WELLS has edited an anthology of poems about rock music, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and is the author of Train Dance (Four Way Books 2011). Wells worked as director of Rolling Stone Press and is co-editor of the Tebot Bach New World Translation series with Christopher Merrill.

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:41:02 -0500