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Armored Hearts
David Bottoms
$16.00 paperback
978-1-55659-072-6
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Armored Hearts
Selected & New Poems
David Bottoms

Armored Hearts, combining new poems with a selection from previous volumes, offers the power of idiomatic narrative at its naked best. David Bottoms presents dramatic stories in rich language falling in natural and captivating cadences; he brings us into the terrain of ruin and hope and beauty, reminding us again and again that it is our own temporal reality, not the real world, that is fragile.

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Chinese Dragons
The Catfish
Under the Vulture-Tree
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Winner of the Georgia Book Award

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“It is refreshing to read a poet who is not obliquely vague, who tells a story cleanly and convincingly, and yet who will not close down mysterious and complicated things about life that simply defy such closure.”Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Bottoms’s ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary can be seen in one wonderful work after another among the pages of these selected poems.”—Edward Byrne, Valparaiso Poetry Review

“[David Bottoms] has written deceptively accessible poems that become more complex, more mysterious, with each reading... Bottoms’ poems do what the best poems have always done: They compel us to reread them. They linger in our minds. They alter our perception of the world.”—Ron Rash, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“David Bottoms has what only a few poets of any generation possess: An individual tone, what musicians call ‘his own sound.’ One cannot read him without being nerve-touched by his sardonic yet compassionate countryman’s voice, his hunter’s irony.”—James Dickey

“David Bottoms... [makes] extraordinary poems of small things... Armored Hearts... should bring Bottoms to his rightful place at the forefront of the baby-boom [sic] generation of poets.”—David BreedenSmall Press

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