Cover Art: Michael Kenna, Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fisher
Paperback, 120 pages, 6" X 8"
April 2015, ISBN 978-1-936919-15-4
About Nicholas Gulig
Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet born in Wisconsin, and the author of North of Order (YesYes Books). Educated in Montana (BA), Iowa (MFA), and Denver, Colorado (PhD), in 2011-2012 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, he lives in Fort Atkinson, WI and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
from North of Order
For seven years I followed, writhing
in your wake. // Higher up, I held the ends of branches stripped
of bark. I wrapped
the bark around a stone. I dropped
the stone in sea. The sea
encircled, ruptured (the shallows rose // up slowly
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About North of Order
North of Order is a book-length poem concerned with the locality of what is lost. In part a distorted reconfiguration of the pastoral (thus, imagined) landscape as it appears through the lenses of elegy and eros, “North” attempts to establish a sense of what it means to miss what wasn’t there to start with, departing from the world of things in order to return unsaved.
Here is language “hungered into,” which is to say verse, that strangest of nourishments.
Seldom have I encountered a poetry so determined to see clearly; and seldom have I witnessed poetry more honest in how vision isn’t ever exactly clear. A poetry of philosophical witness, North of Order shows that the poetic field and the actual field share a principle. Both are wildly the made thing; both make the thing grow wild. This poem is an occurrence we might call ourselves and the world, if we could but say both things at once, and mean them absolutely and equally.
Review at Publisher's Weekly