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Distant Music – John Palen

John Palen Distant Music ISBN 978-1-936419-74-6

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 & S&H

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The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.” A victim of childhood sexual abuse grows into her own recovery by “Learning to Breathe.” A snow-plow driver burdened with guilt finds respite after a long night’s

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