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NC Literary Hall of Fame



Main Street Rag
$14.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-599485027
May, 2015
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"Tony Morris' Pulling at a Thread is a tour de force cross-country car trip through America. From the first pulse of heartbreak and hope in 'Radar Love' to the beautiful sonnets on the seasons at the end of the book, Morris takes us on the terrifying and tender journey of the heart's road to wisdom. Parents grow old and die, children are born, lovers are lost and found in these lush and sensuous poems. There is a fullness and music that that will lift you up. Tony Morris is a true son of Whitman, but he has been nurtured by Dickinson. His voice is America singing."
—Barbara Hamby, author of Delirum

"In Pulling at a Thread, Tony Morris demonstrates how following a single strand can reveal life’s patterns in their brilliant complexity. Whether focused on the green-eyed beauty of skulking foxes, Elvis or 'monastic buzzards,' he is a reliable guide to the open road and 'the coming dusk.' Vulnerability, rescue, and escape are among his poignant themes, and no reader will forget the beauty of 'the winter’s end a shelf of stars above my head.' This is a collection to savor and share."
—R. T. Smith

"Tony Morris’ Pulling at a Thread blows down the highway, pedal down, wind whipping through lost songs along the strange twists of a road 'stretching out into nothingness.' Madness and heartache whirl and spin apart while past, present, and future slide past, 'filled with things we’ll never know.' Even so, Morris keeps seeking what 'makes the truth more real,' his poems catching 'the whisper of an inner grace' just above—or just below—the noise of the everyday."
—Jeff Hardin, author of Notes for a Praise Book

A finalist for both the 2015 Anhinga Poetry Prize and the Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize, the poems in this collection range from formal to free-verse on a range of subjects, familial, and personal to universal.

Previous book publications include: Back to Cain (The Olive Press, 2006), and two chapbooks, Greatest Hits (Puddinghouse Press, 2012) and Fugue's End (Birch Brook Press, 2004). His work has been widely published in anthologies: Georgia Poetry Anthology (Negative Capability Press, 2015), Southern Poetry Anthology: North Carolina (2014), What Matters (2014), Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia (2012). Poems have appeared in Spoon River Review, Hawai'i Review, River Styx, Meridian, The Sewanee Theological Review, South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Mississippi Review, Green Mountains Review, and others. He is the managing editor of Southern Poetry Review, and director of the Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat.

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