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Road of a Thousand Wonders
Road of a Thousand Wonders

Jeffrey Joe Nelson

Poetry | $17 $15

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 poems 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."

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"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

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About the Author

Jeffrey Joe Nelson

Jeffrey Joe Nelson grew up in the Garden State. Extended sojourns throughout North Carolina, Wales, Florida, California, Italy, Holland, Cuba, Prague, and Croatia eventually brought him to Brooklyn when he has lived for the past 17 years. Jeffrey Joe's work has appeared in New York Nights, Lungfull!, AMARCANA, The Death & Life of American Cities, Pomes by Sunday, 6x6, Dial Town, and Greetings, a magazine of the sound arts he founded in 1998. Chapbooks include a car/A Pome (Lew Gallery Editions) and Caption my Caption (Gneiss Books). He is working on a 7-book genre series and has a forthcoming chapbook from Gneiss Books called 24 Golden Bears. He teaches English, runs the Thursdaynight reading series at Unnameable bookstore and coaches his son Ili Edward Cooledge and daughter Luna Eve Nelson in life with his wife Imaansky Selim.