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The poems in Sheila Squillante’s debut collection, Beautiful Nerve, are meant to unsettle. They draw on our anxieties and fears—somatic, linguistic, metaphoric—leading us somewhere somehow calming in its familiarity but troublingly unsteady: a bridge that ends abruptly as you cross it, the doomed deck of a haunted ship, a three-cornered room, the cutlery drawer, a table wh ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published 2015 by Tiny Hardcore Press
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Sharon
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This small, squarish volume with its dreamy trees is the perfect little package for Squillante's strangely haunting collection. These poems, prose-poems, and nanofictions create an intimate place lit with precise, musical language where everyday thoughts bump anxiously against surreal scraps to make their own kind of irrational logic. One of my favorites is a weirdly metafictional prose piece called "Scenic" where "bang—you're a novelist and someone says I wish I had such a plot as you." An imag ...more
Lisa Kelsey
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not very good at explaining why I like poetry, and I'm not really sure I ever understand it in a literal sense. I just sort of...eat it, I guess you could say. And this little volume was quite nourishing and tasty. I did catch one reference (I think!) to one of my favorite shows ever, Six Feet Under--I hope I am right. :)
Melissa Reddish
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All cut myelin and beckoning horizons, these poems radiate through you. Read them immediately.
Jessica
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
It shouldn't matter to the content but the format of this book is so sweet - it's tinier than you would expect so it's easy to slip into a pocket or a bag, which means it's easy to carry around. And I am wont to do that, I think.

All of these poems are meditative, sometimes discordant, always worth a second (and third...) read.

The thoughts connect throughout the book in a way I haven't seen in some time. It makes the pieces feel "curated" and whole even though they are clearly meant to stand al
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