2016 Winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award
by Nate Pritts
paperback, 70 pages
Tenderness has force, a lesson few poets ever seem to learn. Nate Pritts has it down totally. I love his loyalty to the incidental, the moments where our truest feelings reveal themselves. He reminds me a bit of Joseph Ceravolo. He takes the bewilderment that we so often feel and he turns it into a spell devised to heal us. There is a heroism in that, without posture or grandiosity. Pritts is always unpredictable, receptive, in flux, yet always decisive in opening the next door.
--DAVID RIVARD, author of Standoff
Reading Nate Pritts new collection Decoherence, I am reminded of the phrase do you see what I am saying? Although the images in the poems vary, light is one element that runs throughout: "Everything, it seems, is just waves of light and I know that the only gift we can give to someone else / is context for all this light and In morning light we are finally / cleansed of happening." In fact, the final word is, literally, light. Enter these stanzas with Nate and see what he's saying. Be illuminated by Decoherence.
--KIMIKO HAHN, author of Brain Fever
About the Author
Nate Pritts is the author of eight books of poetry, including Post Human (A-Minor Books, 2016) and The Wonderfull Yeare (Cooper Dillon, 2010), and more than a dozen chapbooks including Life Event (Artifact Press), Sky Poems (Greying Ghost Press), Big Bright Sun (BlazeVOX books, 2010), Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVOX books, 2007) and Decoherence (42 Miles Press, 2017). His poems, and writings about poetry, have been published in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, Writers Digest and many other places. He is also the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N Books (b. 2001), an independent publishing house that started as a mimeograph 'zine. Pritts is associate professor at Ashford University. He lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.