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On the Side of the Crow Paperback – 1 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908069686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908069689
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 20.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,066,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'These interrelated prose poems bristle with images that stun and burst into livid sudden fictions with each new line. An exquisite and exquisitely tight collection; Gholson creates a seamless world that wraps us in ourselves, a layered world, a woven world, a world that makes sense for all its incomprehensible acts.' --Lorna Dee Cervantes

'These are poems of precision and perception. The wonderful stories they contain are larger than the words it takes to tell them. Here are people to remember, a world to praise.' --Karen Joy Fowler

'On the Side of the Crow is Christien Gholson's first [poetry collection], but it reads like the work of an accomplished artist. The book is a series of loosely related, tautly written prose poems, all titled like works of art in a museum... Though seemingly improvised, these poems are highly formalized and the action is carefully controlled. What seems on first read to be a lightning bolt turns out to be the carefully timed triggering of a flashbulb... Because Gholson insists on the mundane realities of nature, including worms flushed out of holes by the rain, his formalized scenes don t harden into distant, classical marble, or melt under the garish lights of a wax museum... Highly original, both natural and tightly controlled, On the Side of the Crow demonstrates the continued vitality of the prose poem, both individually, and as part of a sequence.' --Mike McDonough, Coldfront

About the Author

Christien Gholson grew up in a navy family, living in Belgium, Italy, and numerous places across the North American continent. He has been a union organizer, janitor, farmhand, bookseller, teacher, cartoonist, itinerent poet-musician and editor. He attended Naropa University and the creative writing programme at University of California at Davis, and is the author of the novel, A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind (Parthian, 2011).

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