The Nomenclature of Small Things (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)

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The Nomenclature of Small Things explores grief through the language of science, history, and art. From Charles Darwin to Carl Linnaeus, from the passenger pigeon to fossil ammonites, each poem seeks to name, to enumerate, to order to claim a particular place for the human creature in a catalog of extinction and loss."

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This is a book of wonders small and large--last glimpse of the dodo,the fossil dickinsonia, the passenger pigeon, theories of rain and theevanescence of clouds.  It is also book about disappearances: "thisfeeling of always having just lost something or someone."  And how shall we measure that?  By math and science, order and ordering, an evidenceof surfaces, catalogues, naming? Lynn Pedersen writes movingly of ourefforts to try and quantify the "mechanics of extinction," but aren't we really, she asks, trying "to pin down the indefinite, the intangible, / the unattainable--to hold fast"?  To stay, to grieve, to live . . . .  This is a book in which mortal things matter enormously.  Against theloss of species, against miscarriages, against disappearance: thesepoems of intelligence, sadness and beauty.  I loved this book. --Nancy Eimers, author of Oz

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LYNN PEDERSEN'S poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including New England Review, Ecotone, Southern Poetry Review, Borderlands, and Other Countries: Poets Rewiring History. She is the author of two chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu (Finishing Line Press New Women's Voices Chapbook Series, Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention) and Theories of Rain (Main Street Rag Editor's Choice Chapbook Series). Pedersen's work has been featured on The Writer's Almanac and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Georgia Author of the Year Award. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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