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Nantucket Revisited

AOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlthough the poems in Tom Mallouk’s Nantucket Revisited tell us he is a man acquainted with grief and aware of the destructive forces of the natural world, they also remind us of the healing properties of sea and shore, in this case those of the poet’s beloved Nantucket. The book is graced by nine exquisite photographs of the island. Christopher Bursk has said, “Tom Mallouk’s Nantucket Revisited takes us on a fearless navigation of ‘strange, familiar things’: feral cats, Chaplinesque plovers, osprey, jack pines, bass slime, a narrow bay in ‘onyx dress
fringed with white lace.’ We are immersed in the ‘sudsy edge of the tide line,’ in the ‘glint of swells.’ This elegiac and elegant, visceral and valiant poetry loves the world in all its ‘sandy grit’ and invites us to do the same. When you finally and reluctantly put this book down, you will have been empowered to face the grief that is so much a part of our lives and celebrate the beauty that helps us to survive
it.” Wyn Cooper notes that “these carefully crafted, thoughtful poems don’t just invoke Nantucket, they inhabit it. Tom Mallouk describes time spent on the island with fish, birds, sea and sand, and summer days with family and friends. These poems go beyond mere description to investigate the nature of our world in language that’s both calming and very much alive.” And this from Hayden Saunier: “The rich particulars of landscape and seascape intertwined with memory and loss are the hallmark of these carefully crafted poems. As Tom Mallouk confronts and contemplates the passage of time with keen language and an observant eye,
he surprises and consoles us with the pleasures of the moment held and suspended in ‘attention’s cupped hands.’”
Tom Mallouk first came to Nantucket in 1979 with his wife and dear friends John and Sue Ann Minutaglio. He caught his one and only striped bass on that trip. Every trip since has been memorable, and over the years he has absorbed some of the spirit of the island. Nantucket has been a blessing for him and those he loves, and these poems are one way to return the blessing. Mallouk’s work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including GW Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Quercus Review, Red Rock Review and US Worksheets. He was runner up in both 2010 and 2012 for the Bucks County poet laureate position. A psycho-
therapist for many years, Tom Mallouk resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Eileen Engle.

Antrim House • 21 Goodrich Rd. • Simsbury, CT 06070 • 860.217.0023 •
To order by mail, send $14 per book + 6.35% tax (CT only) + $4.00 postage
($6 for 2 books, $9 for 3-7 books, and $12 for 8+ books), checks payable
to Antrim House, 21 Goodrich Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070. Or order via (all lower case).
48 pages, 6” x 9” chapbook
$14.00 ISBN 978-1-936482-47-4
Author photo by Sue Ann Minutaglio
Cover Photo by John Minutaglio
Friday, June 28, 2 p.m. Bucks County Community College (The Orangery)
Thursday, October 17, 6:30 p.m., Doylestown (PA) Bookstore

June 21-23, Nantucket Book Festival with special presentation in the local
authors tent on Saturday afternoon, June 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.