Now Available! some deer left the yard moving day

Greetings friend! I’m excited to announce my newest book of poems, titled some deer left the yard moving day, is now available from BlazeVox Books!
some deer is six years in the making. Published excerpts have appeared in various online literary journals. You can read excerpts by clicking on these links:
Dusie (pg.136-145)
Elective Affinities
Golden Lantern

I also participated in “The Next Big Thing”, a self-interview blog roll, where I describe some deer in some detail (see March 22nd post, below).
Here’s what some folks are saying about some deer left the yard moving day:
some deer left the yard moving day is a book of many different kinds of love. It is an engendering room wherein we can ask (and are asked) what it means to be human. This book feels very much like Naropa to me: the incense wafts forging their way up the figures sitting zazen, the chipping bricks and ivy, the turning of envy into compassionate states. – jj hastain

Once in a while, some poems come along that exude American enthusiasm and disaster: “oi hawk-swirl, / oi pale blue / beast devour.” In these poems, Peterson rides onward, outward into horizon and hope and wreckage. Moving Day is made up of structurally juxtaposing serial movements that simultaneously project and deconstruct a poetics of American hospitality, possibility and variation… Some Deer is a practice of transforming calamity into a path, echoing, going, fathoming geography of unyielding historical relationship. Read these poems and make marvelous the new-old, “sunflower / your power animal.” Be complicit and harbor intricate lyric conspiracy. Follow these symbolic deer into freedom, risk, danger and dream. Watch the bright heart sparks rise. And together, with Peterson, break out into an OUT THERE, becoming, here, a place, when, now, we’re leaving again, to get to, now, here, again. – Jared Hayes
To: “quincify.” To: “decolonize.” Andy’s Peterson’s some deer is dedicated to “Naropa,” the university he attended for two years.  There, he drew rancid, ebullient comics and amazed us all – his “blood company” – with stand-up, improvised accounts and physical examples of a contemporary hybrid poetics. As Oscar Wilde said, “There is no such thing as spontaneity.” I always understood this to mean that the person who improvises the best [Andy Peterson] is also the person who has enough time inside them that, when prompted, it [time] can come out. By “time,” I mean that unique combination of dream-soaked inner life and scholarship that – in Peterson’s work – is the capacity to move between a “lit dusk,” “its rituals,” and the “cheerful madness” that a life in community brings. The experiment is to stay alive. In the words of the author himself via Creeley: “Poets don’t invent the world (they live it).” They: “Forget to ask but remember to release via kisses.” And so on. I can’t decide. Is this book a “waterfall” or is it a “volcano”? Or is it, as the Buddhist saying goes: “Both-both.” Both things at once. – Bhanu Kapil
Ordering options:

1.   Click on the Paypal “Buy Now” button below. I will send you a copy at the discounted price of $12 (includes shipping). If you’d rather not go the PayPal route, please email me and we can work out alternative payment. I’m always open to creative trades with all you writers, artists, musicians out there!

2. Visit BlazeVox Books (this will bring you to the publisher’s online shop. You can also read an excerpt from the book’s first section, “Mayflower Sutra”)
3. Visit Small Press Distribution (A Calif.-based non-profit. Your one-stop shopping for the best in small press publishing. Help me get on their coveted “Poetry Bestsellers” list!)

Thanks for your support!


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