Announcing the publication of MURMURATIONS

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The accessible yet skillfully created poems of this collection will be enjoyed by newcomers to the riches of poetry as well as experienced readers. In this, his second collection, Art Nahill writes about fear, family, and redemption in language and imagery that speak plain truths. Each poem stands alone but like the starlings of his titular poem coalesce into a larger, surprising, and mesmerizing whole.

“Murmurations is a fine collection of poems. In their joys lurks sorrow, and in their sorrows, a wet-eyed smile… They throb with the music of human thought.”

-Glenn Colquhoun

Available in print and e-format from Amazon and in Auckland at Unity Books! You can also purchase a copy via the PayPal button on the sidebar to the right or leave a message request above and we can post a copy to you. Books are $20 plus shipping.

 

New review of Murmurations in Landfall Review Online (University of Otago Press)

“Murmurations is Art Nahill’s second collection, and it is remarkable. Nahill writes with a keen, empathetic awareness of human frailty”
 
So begins a review of my recent book Murmurations in Landfall Review Online (University of Otago Press). You can read the rest of it here:
 
 
The book is available through Time Out Books and Unity Books in Auckland, through Amazon or Fishpond, or through Twohemispherespoetry.com

Talking poetry at College of the Atlantic from another hemisphere!

Honored and thrilled today to give a reading and talk about the relevance of poetry in contemporary society (via video link) to students at College of the Atlantic as part of their seminar: Poetry as Art and Social Action, taught by writer, teacher, and old friend Martha Donovan. Students are writing about the links between poetry and politics, poetry, healing, and medicine and other incredibly important topics.

https://www.coa.edu/live/profiles/3482-college-seminar-poetry-as-art-and-social-action/templates/details/courses.php

 

 

NZ National Poetry Day, 24 August

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In honor of National Poetry Day in New Zealand, here’s one of my favorite quotes about poetry from Marvin Bell: “What they say ‘there are no words for’– that’s what poetry is for. Poetry uses words to go beyond words.” And here’s a poem from Murmurations called “Echolocation’ that tries to say that in a different way:

I navigate between
sky and stone

stone and the reflection.
of stone. The trees sing

back to me in my own
voice. I have no need

for vision my ears fine-tuned
to the night’s faint frequencies

hunting echoes
making my way through the dark

by steering
toward the silences.