An Object in Motion by Patrick Newson

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An Object in Motion by Patrick Newson


An Object in Motion is the reckoning of firearms from the fictional through the physical, an exploration of these most vicious tools in regard to the bodies they impact and the narratives that have developed as a result. These poems and vignettes are hollow points in a culture of gun violence. 

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Praise for An Object in Motion:

“Echoing Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination, yet situated amid whiteness and gun culture, Newson’s raw collection documents a way of life where death and destruction are sport, unremarkable, even inevitable. He evokes a tenderness with the recitals of the quotidian in a world where you can hear the screen door slam shut, the flies buzzing nearby, and from there the reader examines the boundary between play-acting and real life, the obligation any of us might have to one another, how near death is, and whether a death is tragedy, irrelevant, or deserved. His inferences are startling like the sound of a gun going off at close range from the front porch, yet as for whether man or beast was the target, no one seems to care. His poems drape their weight over you like too-humid air, harbingers for a nationalist apocalypse that may come like thunder as soon as this afternoon, or never at all. Haunting. Empathetic. Predictive. Terrifying. A must read in our present moment.”

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of Real American, and the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult

An Object in Motion is a vital contribution to the gun debate raging in the United States. Patrick Newson, who grew up in a town with “more guns than / citizens,” is intimate with both sides of the issue, and he examines with a fierce clarity every encounter with weapons and weapon wielders over his lifetime. Shapes of guns and their destructive force are even present in the layout of some of the poems. Both critical of and sensitive to the fear underlying the gun culture, Newson makes us painfully aware of our “system content with the rule of violence.” If there’s any hope for a constructive national dialogue, it’s with thoughtful works such as Newson’s that bring a deeper understanding of the causes and conditions of the epidemic.”

Denise Newman, poet and translator, winner of the 2015 PEN Translation Award for her translation from the Danish of Naja Marie Aidt’s Baboon

Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers.

September 2018 • 5 x 7 • 60 pp. • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-7323340-7-6

Cover art by Arthur Johnstone

Interior and cover design by J. K. Fowler

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