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Joseph Harms's Nous


Congratulations to Joseph Harms on His New Poetry Collection Nous!

Poet Joseph Harms's new poetry collection Nous published by IFSF Publishing releases April 30th, 2021! The Laurel Review has published Joseph's poem "Phlogiston" in issue 53.1, which was also nominated for Pushcart Prize. Joseph Harms was a finalist for the National Poetry Series Award for Bel (Expat Press, 2017), as well as a finalist for the Sexton Prize for Poetry for Goety (The Black Spring Press Group, forthcoming). He is the author of the novels Ades, Baal, Cant and Wyrd, which have been collected in Evil: Novels 2007-2018 (Expat Press, forthcoming). Harms’ work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Boulevard, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The North American Review, The International Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, The Opiate and Bayou Magazine. He holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

More About Nous:

"In NOUS, Joseph Harms introduces us to a language and a vision for which we've waited. Each poem is a spell, a charm. Wild with words, like Dylan Thomas, but as careful in craft as any great poet has ever been. This poet's work transcends, with music and image, our human existence. Harms is an alchemist, a soothsayer, a songwriter and a healer. NOUS is hypnotic, mystical. This is poetry written from its most mind-bending heights and supernaturally darkest depths. You've not read a book like this before."--Laura Kasischke

"Joseph Harms is one of those rare poets who is truly inventing his own language. His poems are thickly populated sonic events that manage to plumb existential depths in weirdly ordinary settings. Most of all, it's clear that this is a poet who loves--I mean loves--words. I've never read anything like Harms' work; each time I encounter it, I emerge with better questions, wilder memories, and a fiercer devotion to all that poetic language can do."--Franny Choi

Nous explores young love and the adulterants (bad parents, violence, alcohol, heroin, prison, maturation) that both heighten and inevitably truncate it. It also looks into divorce (from spouse, oneself, the world) and in doing so becomes a search beyond love’s bounds and bonds for meaning.

Poems from Nous have appeared in the following journals: The Opiate, Bayou Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, The Gravity of the Thing, Leveler, Floor Plan Journal, Quail Bel Magazine, Vector Press and Radius: Poetry from the Center to the Edge.

Purchase Nous from IFSF Publishing.