Rooted in the Ozarks, rushed with language that wakens and intrigues, red with passion or perspective, these poems will call you back—to the bedroom, to friendship, to love, to your own geography.
I love the unknown in you,
the unfair, the shy backs of your knees,
the colony of dimples
that sleep in moon-shaped huts
toward your mouth.
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Dave Malone is currently writing the history of Ottawa University Kansas, his alma mater. An editor and filmmaker, his work has been aired on NPR and featured in numerous journals and publications, including Every Day Poems, San Pedro River Review, and Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies. This is his sixth volume of poetry.
“Malone knows what and where he loves while his poems form an intimate geometry of hill, home, flesh and bone, as essential as they are elemental. This work is chiseled.”
–Mike Luster, English & Philosophy Professor at Arkansas State University