Words and Bones

PRE-ORDER NOW FROM FINISHING LINE PRESS:  WORDS AND BONES

“Words and Bones” new from Finishing Line Press comes out this summer. “You’d never think a skeleton is a complete person. I would have said the same thing about a poem until LB Sedlacek‘s “Words and Bones” came along. It’s a work which truly strips its poems down to their bare bones with all the un-necessary words nowhere to be found, leaving a manuscript of complete and wonderfully brief pieces…”  ~Rick Lupert, author of “God Wrestler”

Words and Bones” is an apt title for LB Sedlacek‘s fine chapbook for words are the scaffolding in these pages; words which both come from and go to the marrow.  The author’s craft here has a simplicity, an elegance in clarity which makes even the complex, the scientific, not only accessible but familiar as a memory shared by a particularly American yet, ultimately, universally humane collective unconscious.  What a fine mineral of many facets she has brought from her depths into the light of day.”
–Stephen Mead,  Visual Artist/Author


Sample Poem from “Words and Bones”: 

Melted Crayons                          

The plastic surgery of a tomato

may be necessary if your plants

are healthy but the flowers fall

off prematurely.  The tomato could have

blossom drop which can be caused

by high temperatures (85º F or 75º F)

by low temperatures (below 55º nights)

excess nitrogen

high humidity

low humidity.

 

The plastic surgery of a tomato

may look good on you at first

if you are healthy and your

face is full.  You could still

experience drop off sometimes caused by

age, lack of elasticity and volume

in your skin, or genetics

sun exposure

facial expressions

thinning skin

 

drop off.


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The book is $13.99. Include $2.99 per copy for shipping and handling.  Please mail all orders with a check payable to Finishing Line Press at PO Box 1626 Georgetown KY 40324 or pre-order online:  Pre-Order “Words and Bones” by LB Sedlacek

 

 

 

 


Preview poem from “Words and Bones” forthcoming from Finishing Line Press

Whispered Silence

by LB Sedlacek

He moved his lips this morning.

There was no sound, but I’d

turned it down, but when I

turned it up all I could hear

was the hum of the signal.

It was faded and blocked by the trees

and those eyesore cell phone

towers that never send a signal

when you need it. I whacked the

TV but that didn’t help. My

eyes seized on a caption that

explained why there was no

sound. I took my cell phone

and whacked it on the counter.

I dropped it in the sink to see

if it would float. I dropped

one in a toilet two years

ago and it sank like my

hand did when I spotted a

fish and tried to grab it.

His lips keep moving and I

watch them transfixed. I look

up “transmogrification” in

the dictionary and think there

are more words than I could

ever imagine that start with

“ex.” I stare at his mouth,

his beard, his curly black

and white hair and realize

that I heard every word.

The book is $13.99. Include $2.99 per copy for shipping and handling.  Please mail all orders with a check payable to Finishing Line Press at PO Box 1626 Georgetown KY 40324 or pre-order online:  Pre-Order “Words and Bones” by LB Sedlacek