Today's poem is "Against Elegy"
from The Fawn Abyss

Salmon Poetry

Adam Tavel is the author of Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook Red Flag Up (Kattywompus, 2013). Winner of the 2010 Robert Frost Award from the Robert Frost Foundation, Tavel's poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Sycamore Review, West Branch, and The Journal, among many others. He is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College on Maryland's Eastern Shore and the reviews editor for Plume.

Books by Adam Tavel:

Other poems on the web by Adam Tavel:
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems
"Room to Roome"
"The Rocket"
"Camp Loss"
"Letter to Schnell Written on Glovebox Napkins"
"Our Lady of Crabapple Hill"
"Sister Roberta's Lecture Notes on the Shroud of Turin"
"Letter to my Wife Written on the Walls of a Blanket Fort"
Two poems

Adam Tavel's Website.

Adam Tavel on Facebook.

About The Fawn Abyss:

"In the deft and moving poems of The Fawn Abyss, Adam Tavel explores, with recurrent wisdom and wit, the fall from inexperience into something more satisfyingly complex than mere sobriety, abjection, or distrust. These are poems whose elements of serious play relish the archival details, the incarnational hunger and mystique of the narrative, while honoring the imaginative and speculative power to make all things new. Not that suffering alone redeems us, and yet the deer corpse in the field is full of bees, resilient, resplendent, compelled. To read these poems is to kneel and listen."
—Bruce Bond

"Adam Tavel's vision of life is so generous and large that I am taller having read this book, a full foot above my given height, which means I am able to see just a bit more of the everything he would have me see."
—Bob Hicok

"Adam Tavel's The Fawn Abyss refuses easy resolutions even as it communicates directly and honestly—its honesty can be measured by the doggedness of its refusals. Tavel makes a poetry that at first seems to be a poetry of things seen well, which is gift enough, but upon closer inspection reveals itself to be a deeply empathetic poetry of things felt into, so that the fawn abyss of the title is, on the one hand, a big hole in a fawn, and, on the other hand, an abyss opened in the world. And to see that it is also an abyss and not just a hole is a great and honest refusal, and a gift both possessed and given."
—Shane McCrae

"Adam Tavel's poems are sonorous, luxurious, and inclusive. While often grounded in a particular landscape, these poems move across cultures, centuries, and even light-years. Taken together, The Fawn Abyss forms a rich tapestry in which personal experience of the ecstatic is tempered by the realities of our shared history. Like the great Hellenic poet C. P. Cavafy, these poems look to wed the historic to the personal. This is a daring collection."
—Sue William Silverman

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