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Jeffrey Joe Nelson: Road of a Thousand Wonders
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~Poetry~ | $17 ($15 direct from UDP)
Perfect-bound. 232 pp, 6 x 8.25 in.
ISBN 978-1-933254-73-9
Publication Date: November 30, 2011
Distribution: ~SPD~

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Composed of 10 chapters—each an excerpt from a self-published chapbook—Road of a Thousand Wonders contains pomes written from 1999 to 2010. An unofficial selected, the pomes in this volume range in style from lyrical narratives to percussive one-liners, as well as from long pomes like, “Rimbaud in New York,” and the opening sequence, “Sweet Nothings.”

“Averted Epiphany”

It’s the end of the world
& the sky is just right
like a vast pair of plum underpants

My room is inside my room
where the windows
smile like guillotines
but that’s way too cheesy
& romantic which I’m
not in the mood for


This book was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation. Additional support was provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Jeffrey Joe Nelson

Jeffrey Joe Nelson grew up in the Garden State. Extended sojourns throughout North Carolina, Wales, Florida, California, Italy, Holland, Cuba and Prague eventually brought him to Brooklyn when he has lived for the past 13 years. Jeffrey Joe's work has appeared in Oyster Boy, New York Nights, Dial Tone, Lungfull!, Ashville Mountain Review, and Greetings, a magazine of the sound arts he founded in 1998. Recent chapbooks include a car/A Pome (Lew Gallery Editions), and Caption my Caption (Gneiss Books). He teaches English and coaches Basketball at the Coalition High School for Social Change in Harlem.