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Instructions from the Narwhal

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INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE NARWHAL is a collection of poems that populate empty parking lots and seaside pawn shops and depart from a port at Deadhorse, Alaska. The title is taken from the centerpiece poem, which composes Part I and is spoken by a narwhal who gives cryptic advice to those requiring guidance on eulogies, arctic travel, and extracting minerals from ghosts, for ex ...more
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Published June 1st 2007 by Bateau Press
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Betsy Wheeler
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: no narwhalers, all others
this chapbook is blowing my mind. the poems are so calm and pensive, and patient in their weirdness. they're so full of love i love them back.
S.
One of my favorites. I'd never heard of the poet, but ordered the book because Bateau has an eye for interesting poetry. This was no exception - gorgeous, surprising, strange and intricate poems.

"the tiny shipwreck in your voice invented me"

Kristi
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I would like to teach this book alongside Dan Beachy-Quick's Spell and Deborah Meadows' Itinerant Men. Image rubs up against address in a way that makes me think of cardboard waves that work together so well they lose their adjective.
Osvaldo
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
True Story:

My wife: I am really happy I found that Allison Titus book.
Me: Elephantiasis book?
Wife: Allison Titus. She's a poet.
Me: Oh. Poor girl. I bet they called her "Elephantiasis" in junior high. . .


Great poet though.
Gary McDowell
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-ones
ASAP!!
Roxanne
Feb 23, 2013 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: poetry
I didn't fall in love with this like I wanted to. There weren't any narwhals in it, plus I think Titus just isn't my style.
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