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Lost and Found

Andrew Merton

Accents Publishing is happy to bring you the second full-length poetry collection by award-winning poet Andrew Merton. His first book, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, was named Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2013-2014 by the New Hampshire Writers' Project. Lost and Found continues the poignant, personable humor from this first work, but adds a confessional flavor that gives his new work a more nonfictional feel.

Praise for Andrew Merton's poetry

Almost every one of his poems has a surprise waiting for the reader, either some astonishing figure of speech or a witty observation we are not likely to forget anytime soon.

—Charles Simic

Andrew Merton has masterfully condensed his life into potent, brilliantly composed, minimalist snapshots. Chronologically arranged, delicately layered, and driven by savage honesty and subtle tenderness, Lost and Found is an intense injection of love, loss, loneliness, and above all, the unrelenting question of one's existence. I'll slot this on my shelf next to Raymond Carver.

—Jessica Bell

This poet pinpoints the extraordinary in the day to day; he makes the reader see things anew, and even when they appear tawdry and tough, they are rich and sweet. The calm and gentle voice of these poems is nevertheless fierce in its focus on life, aging,
disappointment and death, and that makes for the tremendous tension that keeps each poem taut with drama, inviting from the very first line, and powerfully moving until its conclusion.

—John Skoyles

This marvelous book—ruefully charming on one page, charmingly rueful on the next—goes cradle to grave in its coverage of a lifetime's worth of erratic heartbeats. I love Merton's poems for how they completely dissolve the thin line between bafflement
and amazement. Their story is the story of a most companionable endurance, with no pun left unspoken. A deeply humane, entertaining, wise book.

—David Rivard


Fifth Grade Air Raid Drill, 1955

I tell Mr. Carter there's a crack in the ant farm,
but he has more important things to talk about today:

After the bomb, trees will wither, milk will glow.
You might live a year before the insects get you

but first you have to survive the blast.
Duck under your desks

and stick your heads between your knees.
I pretend to do as I'm told.

When he turns his back I crawl away
on six legs, triumphant.

Details and Ordering

Publication Date: January 15, 2016
Ships on or before November 1, 2015
Format: Softcover, 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-936628-40-7
Price: $15.00

About the Author

Andrew Merton is a journalist, essayist, and poet. Publications in which his nonfiction has appeared include Esquire, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. His book Enemies of Choice: The Right-To-Life Movement and Its Threat to Abortion, was published by Beacon Press in 1980. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Rialto (U.K.), Comstock Review, Louisville Review, Vine Leaves, the American Journal of Nursing, and elsewhere. His book of poetry, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs?, with a foreword by Charles Simic (Accents Publishing, 2012) was named Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2013–2014 by the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire.
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