By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's so much alive is colour, that which provides itself freely, generously: ‘Follow the hopeful as they eco-friendly the day’ (‘My storage Fills with an Ever-Increasing variety of Dandelions’). Threaded all through with Genesis, in which Jacob wrestles an angel, this pretty debut assortment builds a ladder firmly rooted right here: in sunlight and earth; in various and a number of colors of orange; in trials of dad and son; in books and work; in deserted casinos; in nations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door remaining. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status by way of himself, in what George Oppen known as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ including each person. I’m moved through the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that might remain news.”
—Claudia Keelan, writer of The Devotion Field, Missing Her, and O, Heart
"'Who doesn’t nurse a mystery love?' asks Andrew S. Nicholson in visionary poems that demonstrate mystery worlds cradled within this one. even if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures one in every of desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to deliver swap, to show the identified into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such differences the best way Jacob—the book’s customer saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting the entire flesh / that he can lose.' i love this poet who is familiar with that blessing doesn’t arrive with out loss, who recollects 'I was once enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an analogous candy feeling lingers lengthy after this publication is closed. expensive reader: get pleasure from it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning book. His sleek, playful poems enchant us ('I attempt to make out the stranger’s face, yet he’s shrinking: / a melting grey blur, an ever-smaller thorn.') and rework us ('Sink into the bathwater, any manner is a manner / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has develop into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical type of pastoral."
Opening the distance among the normal and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the area, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yank Midwest. From a lime gleaming in an orchard to a stunning formative years test at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems floor themselves within the common and jump for the luminous. relevant to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the outdated testomony, relocated in the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard conversing in a second of degradation. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the production of self, kinfolk relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Andrew S. Nicholson