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The Mercy of Distance: New and Selected Poems

ISBN: 9781934909645
Binding: Paperback
Author: Harley Elliott
Pages: 120
Trim: 6 x 8.75 inches
Published: 06/22/2020

New poems and selections from Elliot's ten previous books. His life-long connection to the people and land is a through-line in this book. "One of the truly gifted poets of our generation" —National Public Radio

"These are genuine poems of the live world"  —Choice Poetry

"Elliott's work defies narrow classification. His poems reflect a strong connection to the land and open sky of Kansas…the true history of people…[He] is a highly imaginative poet."
The Kansas Literary Map


Harley Elliott was born in South Dakota to a short line of Norski wheat farmers, but has spent most of his time in Kansas. He was awakened to contemporary poetry while attending a reading by Ed Dorn. Since 1971, he has published ten books of poems, a children's book, and a memoir. Not a disciple of specialization, he believes that artistic expression, not the maker, will suggest the appropriate medium. He expresses himself in writing, song, and visual art. This is a collection of expressions which have chosen the form of poetry.