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Horse Not Zebra

Horse Not Zebra

by Eric Nelson
Horse Not Zebra

Horse Not Zebra

by Eric Nelson


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Horse Not Zebra, we learn in the title poem of this collection, refers to advice given to medical students-to look first to "the common, not the exotic" when diagnosing patients. Eric Nelson embraces that advice in his poems, exploring the common rituals of daily life-family interactions, gardening, long walks with or without dogs, even the clomp of a neighbor's boots can be, for him, a call to attention. He acknowledges the darker moments of history he has lived through and faces intimations of his own mortality, yet persists in doing the hard work of learning how to laugh. His poems invite us to find joy in the quotidian and a way to "sing ourselves beyond ourselves."

-Grace Bauer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947896543
Publisher: Terrapin Books
Publication date: 04/18/2022
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Eric Nelson taught writing and literature courses for twenty-six years at Georgia Southern University, where he received the Ruffin Cup in 2009 for sustained excellence in teaching, publishing, and service. He retired, professor emeritus, in 2015, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he teaches part time in the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His six previous poetry collections include Terrestrials, chosen by Maxine Kumin for the X.J. Kennedy Award; The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the University of Arkansas Poetry Award, and Some Wonder, which won the 2015 Gival Press Poetry Award.

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