Thursday, March 3, 2011

What looks like an elephant

...not a question, but the title of my first full-length poetry book, which I'm excited to announce is in production at Lummox Press, with a scheduled released date in late March. The book contains over 80 poems dealing with ambiguities and paradoxes in experience, especially how impressions of certainty and doubt affect everyday life. I've tried to call on influences in my vocation (I am a cancer research scientist in my other life) as well as child and adolescent memories, and hopefully mixed in some humor and poetic metaphor.

Great Pre-Order Offer:
Lummox Press has graciously provided for a pre-sale discount of 20% off the list price, which is $15. Not bad for over 110 pages, including a nice, tight, 'perfect-bound' binding, glossy color covers and an introduction by April Ossmann, former director of Alice James Books. And for a limited time, we're offering author-inscribed copies at no additional cost (publisher will follow-up advance orders by email). You can easily order by going to the Lummox Press website, where my ordering page may be found:

To order: click here

Thank you sincerely for considering my work. Edward Nudelman, Beverly, MA. And here are a few examples from the book:

Turtle Soup

I. Anecdotal/apocryphal

Turtles, like madmen and walnuts,
have hard shells that hide soft heads.
Have you ever seen a turtle smile?
Turtles hum under a chitinous shroud.
Baby turtles assemble in lines on logs.
Adult turtles rarely move, except to eat.
Our friend’s twenty-year old turtle
has spent two decades floating
in a metal pan, sleeping every other year.

II. Experiential/metaphorical

I was walking my dog along a pond
when she bolted in for a swim. An alarmed
passerby scolded me with the story
of a snapping turtle that pulled her miniature
poodle under. My dog weighed over sixty
pounds, but the thought of her in turtle jaws
so unnerved me, I could barely respond.
Sometimes at night I see shell-less turtles
massing on the edge of my bed;
shriveled heads and wrinkled bodies
reminding me of what’s to come.


Leave the grand hall, arms
at your side, head down and to one side,
knowing all was said that needed to be said.
Let the rain glide down your back.
Let people move aside and spirits step forward,
vanity and praise devour themselves.
All striving and hustle, let fizzle to dust.
You might have wanted more, or felt
you earned more; but now you lay it all down
in one small, unadorned stanza, without glitter.
Let poets howl. Let them roar. The car is cold
and the windshield weeps from the inside,
your writing hand’s stuck on the shift.


Praise for "What Looks Like an Elephant":


Edward Nudelman’s delicious use of math and science language and metaphors combined with his sense of humor and seemingly limitless curiosity; his capacity to surprise the reader with juxtapositions and acute observations: “His face leans into the cold window,/nostrils pressed against glass leaving/transient marks with every expiration”(from On the T, Near Park Street); and the sheer loveliness of so many lines: “fish released deep into gray sea with krill,/blind and anaerobic, nothing to breathe/but sheer grace through green gills” (from The Quitter), make this a book to re-read, to share with friends and family, and to return to for inspiration, discovery, comfort, and fun.
−April Ossmann
Poet, independent editor, and former director of Alice James Books.

Few poets can steer between generosity and insight or aphorism and wonder with ease, but Edward Nuddleman's book is one of those rare books. He makes the intangible tangible. He turns afterthought into deep thought. Above all, he unpacks certainties into reasonable doubts. This is a keen book and a special one.
−David Bespiel, Poet, The Book of Men and Women, 2009 (Named 'Best Poetry of the Year' by The Poetry Foundation), past poetry reviewer Washington Post, NY Times.

Edward Nudelman’s poetry revitalizes life. Time passes quickly but reading these poems is to be awakened alive in the moment.
−Grace Cavalieri
Water on the Sun, Bordighera Poetry Award, Pen Center Best Book List

Edward Nudelman’s poems remind me of electrical outlets. You put your finger in one, it gives off a jolt; you move onto the next one. They’re about machines, shadows, visions, calculations, nuts, babies, fingernails, ghosts, ‘buzzing warnings’ and the surprisingly subtle difference between being on and off. In short, they’re philosophical but enjoyable. I recommend the book.”
-Aaron Belz, PhD
Poet, professor (English); Lovely, Raspberry. Persea Books. 2010. The Bird Hoverer. BlazeVOX books. 2007. Plausible worlds. Observable Books. 2005.


Edward Nudelman’s first book of poetry, "Night Fires," was a semifinalist for the Journal Award ("The Wheeler Prize) given by OSU Press in 2009. "Night Fires" was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009. "Casting the Nines," an anthology of nine poets with nine poems (PHP, 2009) honored Nudelman as one of nine selected poets contributing poems. He received a Pushcart Nomination in 2009. Some of his poems have been recently published in Poets and Artists (Oranges and Sardines), Ampersand, Syntax, The Atlanta Review, OCHO, Mipoesias, Plainsongs, Tears in the Fence, fourW, Floating Bridge Press, The Orange Room Review, The Penwood Review, The White Leaf Review, Adagio Verse Quarterly, and others. Nudelman is a noted cancer research biologist with over 60 published papers in top-tier journals. He has published two widely read books on an American illustrator, Jessie Willcox Smith (Pelican Publishing, 1989, 1990). A native of Seattle, Nudelman is currently working and living just north of Boston with his wife, Susan, and their Golden Retriever, Sofie


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