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Blood Aria (Wisconsin Poetry Series #1)

Christopher Nelson


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In his powerful debut, Christopher Nelson examines the progenitors and forms of violence in the twenty-first century, from Cain and Abel to the damming of rivers. We see glimpses of the speaker’s quest to find and know God, seeking answers everywhere, from Spanish cathedrals filled with holy relics to withered winter fields.

Praise For Blood Aria (Wisconsin Poetry Series #1)

“In meditations ranging from a child’s incomprehension of a father’s violence to the suffering of those cast out for their sexual desires to the horror of mass shootings, the poems of Blood Aria pulse with an urgency that is both anguished and exalted. And transformative. To experience poems as passionate, as charged with wisdom as these is to enter into a kind of spiritual quest.”—Boyer Rickel, author of remanence

“An unflinching look at bigotries and violence seeded in western history, and it intertwines this with personal traumas, grief, and the winding path of finding one’s way. These masterfully wrought poems are as fierce as they are wise—they do not comfort but fortify. Nelson’s transporting voice will stay with me for a long time.”—Ye Chun, author of Lantern Puzzle

University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299331542, 96pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

About the Author

Christopher Nelson is the founder and editor of the journal Under a Warm Green Linden and Green Linden Press, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to reforestation. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Salamander, and Superstition Review.