flood deserts

by Derek Piotr

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  • flood deserts is Derek Piotr's first published collection of poetry, published as the premier volume in Hanover Press' "Hanover Press Heritage Chapbook Poetry Series". poems span 2010-2020.

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    "Though Derek Piotr is capable of writing brilliant Eros poems, his element manifests its micro-processed gaze on the natural world. He is the antediluvian, postmodern version of Walt Whitman."
    —Vi Khi Nao, Author of Fish in Exile

    "Poised, tender, full of light."
    —Nicholson Baker, Author of A Box of Matches

    "If there is a better young poet than Derek Piotr in the U.S.A., don't tell me. I can't take it! Frank O'Hara said something about only three American poets being better than the movies, but I think Piotr would make him add a fourth."
    —Kenneth Goldsmith, Founder of UbuWeb & Senior editor of PennSound

    "Derek Piotr’s flood deserts colors the inner self as a vibrant, breathing world, lush with a rhythmic impressionism that animates the cycles of life. At once both oneiric and bucolic, flood deserts moves from interiority to awaken an anima that speaks to emergence and ultimately the ephemeral beauty of moment we live in. This is an astonishing first collection."
    —David Joez Villaverde, CantoMundo fellow, Winner Black Warrior Review Prize for Poetry

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if all the points between the petals, when unfolded, show some edge not involved in rainfall, if springs cut the land as fan-shapes, or carve themselves into a curl tracing a crone's eye through the dust, if the crops fail, or if they flourish, rising out of red soil in some golden silence of the sun, if silence itself is cast as scrying bones, in secrecy by a stranger's hand, only these will be signs
2.
Somewhere, a crow flies over a mango. The woman in red silk slams her husband’s front door. A dog cries over the meat divided at the table. Nothing is peaceful. We long for the days when sparrows darted through their world of green, days without roots screaming dry. We could pray again, we could always pray again. But if we slow and notice, the first blooms are arriving on the tips of trees.

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praise for flood deserts:

"Though Derek Piotr is capable of writing brilliant Eros poems, his element manifests its micro-processed gaze on the natural world. He is the antediluvian, postmodern version of Walt Whitman."
—Vi Khi Nao, Author of Fish in Exile

"Poised, tender, full of light."
—Nicholson Baker, Author of A Box of Matches

"If there is a better young poet than Derek Piotr in the U.S.A., don't tell me. I can't take it! Frank O'Hara said something about only three American poets being better than the movies, but I think Piotr would make him add a fourth."
—Kenneth Goldsmith, Founder of UbuWeb & Senior editor of PennSound

"Derek Piotr’s flood deserts colors the inner self as a vibrant, breathing world, lush with a rhythmic impressionism that animates the cycles of life. At once both oneiric and bucolic, flood deserts moves from interiority to awaken an anima that speaks to emergence and ultimately the ephemeral beauty of moment we live in. This is an astonishing first collection."
—David Joez Villaverde, CantoMundo fellow, Winner Black Warrior Review Prize for Poetry

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released June 5, 2020

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