Nothing Very Sudden Happens Here, from Lynx House Press, September, 2013, is the newest collection of poems by Alan Basting.
Copies of the book are available from Lynx House Press at www.lynxhousepress.org
, and distributed by the University of Washington Press at the folowing link: http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/BASNOT.html
Copies are also available at Amazon.com.
Copies of the cover art, a painting by Evan Howell, titled simply, Table and Chairs, can be purchased by navigating to his website: http://www.evanhowellart.com .
Evan Howell began drawing at age two. Since, like other autistic people, Evan finds social situations difficult, he has made art his principal means of expressing himself and connecting with the world. His original works are available at the website noted above. Now in his early twenties, he lives in Spokane, Washington.
Here are a few poems from the book:
Tobacco, and trucks
With terrible labels
Animal Fat, the
Of a little old town
Cuckoos with church spires.
But the evening's light
Paints and calms;
Sheets of clouds
Flatten under its
A history of cock fights and
In the silken body
Of the planet, laid out
"Nothing very sudden
happens here," she lies.
Even though you say
You've done all that
You can, you know
Where the vine grows up
You could've paid
Another hundred bucks
To see the disease
Run its course.
Instead you left
The terrier, the present
Your kids prized more
In the vet's cage
At the back of the building,
Near the autopsy table.
DANCING WITH MY EYES CLOSED
An auger churns a hole through humus
From a distance, a river flows into the sky
Standing in the current, a priest raises
Both hands overhead, shaking imaginary stones
A snarl of crows swoops low in the smoke
Of a well-fueled bonfire. Moths flutter like ashes
A pack of young hyenas breaks cover
Lopes away through crackling grass
Red-eyed, a ring-necked pheasant does the
Head-bob, head-bob. A lecturer calls out in tongues
The key to his room hung on the hook
Of a saxophone, its soul a shriek of lightning.