Boy Returning Water to the Sea
Koans for Kelly Fearing
by
Andrea Selch

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“As if by magic, the unforgettable poems in this chapbook lead us into the images the poet sees before her in the paintings of William Kelly Fearing.  ‘The Poet and Bird Before an Open Cave’ concludes, ’through the cave another sky is visible.’  Through her poems, Andrea Selch makes visible a world that only a poet in her most intuitive, visionary mode can create.”

—Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate

“Boy Returning Water to the Sea brings William Kelly Fearing’s gorgeous, various, weird, and unfor-gettable images into gentle and provocative con-versation with Andrea Selch’s exacting poetry.  Her ‘koans’ listen, head cocked, to Fearing’s images, as his bird so attentively listens ‘to the sounds of purple.’ And they sing.”

—John Emil Vincent

“We are so pleased to be publishing this elegant chapbook by Andrea Selch.  Her original inspiration—the titles of works in William Kelly Fearing’s retrospective catalog, which seemed so much like poem-titles to her—has grown into a full-fledged engagement with the images themselves. Some poems are just gestures; others lyrical; still others, open-ended.  By arranging them in chronological order, she offers a narrative on a life scale—elements of her biography and Fearing’s sneak onto the surface like bits of paper in a single collage—nevertheless, each poem remains a striking word-picture.”

—Bill Fick, Cockeyed Press

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This book costs $15.95 and is distributed by Carolina Wren Press. Click HERE to be directed to their Books and Merchandise page.

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STARTLING
by
Andrea Selch

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This book costs $12.95 and is distributed by Carolina Wren Press. Click HERE to be directed to their Books and Merchandise page.

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