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Noah’s Ark by Sam Magavern with images by Monica Angle Book Preview

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These remarkable poems are windows into that most difficult of questions – how to live in a fallen world. The glowing transparency of their language and the stunning clarity of their wisdom allow us to see the human heart stripped bare.

—Jennifer Barber, author of Given Away and Rigging the Wind


Sam Magavern opens quick portals in "Noah's Ark" for morning visions and wisdoms: reports and chants from dark and funny parts of the mind. Here are sudden pictures of durable wonder. Read quickly and all at once. And breathe in Monica Angle's long now, a broadly painted calligraphy that stitches the poems into the book and keeps it afloat, a watercolor time and life line that locates the enduring horizon. Not often do image and word float together like this – making so well such unspeakable sense together.

—Anthony Bannon, executive director, Burchfield Penney Art Center




About the Author

Sam Magavern is a public interest lawyer living in Buffalo, where he co-directs the Partnership for the Public Good and teaches at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and the Cornell University ILR School. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Antioch Review, and Paris Review. His writings include a non-fiction book, Primo Levi’s Universe: a Writer’s Journey; a novel, Ooh La La; a comic book, The Alphabet Orchard; and the screenplay for a film, The Last Word.


About the Artist

Monica Angle was born in Omaha and now lives in Buffalo. She attended Harvard College, pursued advanced courses in printmaking and bookmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and received an MS in geography from Pennsylvania State University. She has had solo exhibitions in Buffalo, Charlottesville, and Minneapolis, and her work is part of many collections, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Minnesota History Center, and the Walker Art Center.


Book Information:

· Paperback: 102 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-142-9
$18

Full Color
These remarkable poems are windows into that most difficult of questions – how to live in a fallen world. The glowing transparency of their language and the stunning clarity of their wisdom allow us to see the human heart stripped bare.

—Jennifer Barber, author of Given Away and Rigging the Wind


Sam Magavern opens quick portals in "Noah's Ark" for morning visions and wisdoms: reports and chants from dark and funny parts of the mind. Here are sudden pictures of durable wonder. Read quickly and all at once. And breathe in Monica Angle's long now, a broadly painted calligraphy that stitches the poems into the book and keeps it afloat, a watercolor time and life line that locates the enduring horizon. Not often do image and word float together like this – making so well such unspeakable sense together.

—Anthony Bannon, executive director, Burchfield Penney Art Center




About the Author

Sam Magavern is a public interest lawyer living in Buffalo, where he co-directs the Partnership for the Public Good and teaches at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and the Cornell University ILR School. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Antioch Review, and Paris Review. His writings include a non-fiction book, Primo Levi’s Universe: a Writer’s Journey; a novel, Ooh La La; a comic book, The Alphabet Orchard; and the screenplay for a film, The Last Word.


About the Artist

Monica Angle was born in Omaha and now lives in Buffalo. She attended Harvard College, pursued advanced courses in printmaking and bookmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and received an MS in geography from Pennsylvania State University. She has had solo exhibitions in Buffalo, Charlottesville, and Minneapolis, and her work is part of many collections, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Minnesota History Center, and the Walker Art Center.


Book Information:

· Paperback: 102 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-142-9
$18

Full Color

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NOAH’S ARK

SAM MAGAVERN

WITH IMAGES BY MONICA ANGLE

BLAZEVOX[BOOKS] Buffalo, New York

Noah’s Ark by Sam Magavern Copyright © 2014 Published by BlazeVOX [books] All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission, except for brief quotations in reviews. Printed in the United States of America Interior design and typesetting by Geoffrey Gatza Cover art and interior artwork by Monica Angle First Edition ISBN: 978-1-60964-142-9 Library of Congress Control Number: 2013942425 BlazeVOX [books] 131 Euclid Ave Kenmore, NY 14217 Editor@blazevox.org

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Greek Fragment, Author Unknown I sing the poetry of the mortal soul. I bind the frail reeds together. Oh, Pan’s pipe! Oh fragile raft! So loud Is the river of false omniscience.

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The Bullfrog’s Prayer May you never renounce all cravings. May you continue to concern yourself with the difference between plum and magenta shades of lipstick. Listen to the bullfrog in the cold marsh: the frail bellows of his desire croak. May you never renounce his song.

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Smudged Ink NO PAST LIVES. And no future. A single character, quickly brushed In black ink (smudged) on this rice Paper, this fast-burning page.

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