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A Summer Evening

By Geoffrey Nutter

  • 2001
  • Pages: 104
  • ISBN: 978-1-885635-02-0
  • Price: $16.95
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About the Book:

A Summer Evening urgently and beautifully explores conflicting circular and linear sensations of time. Embodying that dismembering dichotomy in undated digital time-markers–thus refusing to indicate whether we are, at any given moment, moving forward or backward–it compels us to leap to increasingly vertigo-laden temporal assumptions that, like some fraying net, tighten to temporarily hold narrative, then rip it ‘free.’

One ends up in the presence of a terrifying–yet also strangely liberating–universe where one cannot tell whether one is indeed progressing on a ‘journey of life’ (in which actions count, consequence exists, for example) or whether one is locked in some mock-time in which accountability cannot be acted upon, but in which it still presses, demanding redress. While all along, at the core, almost madly, song continues . . .” –Jorie Graham, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994

“Geoffrey Nutter’s A Summer Evening is a long serial poem composed of largely enjambed ten-line fragments. There’s great elegance and intimacy in this poem, and there is a strange nervousness that reminds me of the expert plumb of certain of Virginia Woolf’s diary entries. I did enjoy this book.”

–Norman Dubie, author of The Mercy Seat: Collected & New Poems 1967-2001 and The Clouds of Magellan

About the Author:

Geoffrey Nutter studied at San Francisco State University and the University of Iowa, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets prize. His poems have appeared in such magazines as American Letters and Commentary, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fine Madness, Fence, the Iowa Review, Verse, Volt, and Best American Poetry 1997.