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Darwin's Book of Saints by Alexander Johns

Poems by Alexander Johns
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"There’s more territory out there, don’t you know? / You, person who might have been you.” Alexander Johns’ poems generously share his unique gift of insight of his environment and experiences, especially of the things that hum, sing, and roar around him. His poems are sensitive acknowledgements of everyday beauty as if, like us, is pursuing the difficult task of just being. When you read Johns’ poetry he points out intricacies you may not have noticed before that act as a reminder that mindfulness is how we endure.

How is it possible that Alex Johns can simultaneously be the most disarming poet in America and one of only a few poets capable of exploding the quotidian into extraordinary depths of good humor and inclusive delight? I have no idea, but I do know that the fuse is lit, and that these poems over and over again will knock you into next week with their sensitive (and often hilarious) attentiveness to the ordinary ubiquitous details of being alive—especially the ones most of us don’t think about much or take entirely for granted. — Matt Hart

Alex Johns can't sleep. This means he sees more than the average day-walking hominid. In Darwin's Book of Saints, he turns his intelligent gaze on the whole of evolution. He destroys hierarchy and the fairy tale of progress by sanctifying all creatures, down to his beloved enemy, the roach. This book could be a new devotional for all who know in their parasite-ridden guts that we are all kindred. — Michelle Castleberry, Dissecting the Angel

The intersection of insects, nature, and humankind's frailties in Alexander Johns' Darwin's Book of Saints makes for a humorous and contemplative collection of poetry. Collin Kelley, Render, Leaving Paris, Midnight in a Perfect World

Alexander Johns is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches creative writing and American literature. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in the Athens, Georgia area. He is the recipient of the 2013 Pavement Saw Press Prize for his collection Robot Cosmetics, and his poems have appeared in Town Creek Poetry, Stray Dog Almanac, Chaffin Journal, Accents Publishing, The Oklahoma Review, Red River Review, Two Drops of Ink, The Journal of Language and Literacy, Kota Press, Scrivener’s Pen, Bellemeade Books, and other publications and were featured in the No Small Measure Georgia Broadsides project. He is the managing director of Word of Mouth, a monthly reading series bringing together nationally known and local writers in Athens, Georgia.

9780615811123 | Pub Date July 7, 2018 | 6x9 | 84 pages | $15.99 + $3.00 S&H


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