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Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF
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Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF
Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF
Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF
Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF

Tony Mancus - Bye Sea PDF

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November, 2013. First Edition of 55. Poetry, 41 pgs.
$12 U.S. (Free shipping)

In Bye Sea, the ship's crew faces more than snarling sea creatures, treacherous waters--a "hungry god's-tongue of plunder and disarray" licks the edge of each page. The cartographer charts his homesickness; the deckhands watch bodies bob offshore; the captain challenged by "another captain with a bigger hat and feathers." Impending doom haunts the crew--each turn of the ship's wheel threatens a knife to the throat--but the men aboard the ship in their isolation offer heartbreaking truths that stir inside us. In Bye Sea, Tony Mancus writes with the wind at his back, hurling forceful and relentless language into the rising waves and anchoring us in a loneliness only he could navigate us through.

Each cover is unique, screen-printed with art by Becky Hillgamyer. Purchase includes one chapbook, one hand-typed bookmark, and one print from Ghost Ocean Magazine's Wave series.

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from Bye Sea:


We'’re not lame here
it'’s just time
we ran back and forth
to change things

out. One machine did
the circles another one
did the jitter and jig
but it took a while and
chewed up all

our quarters. Here’'s a picture
of you as a child
with your favorite pair
of overalls on and the animal
you’'d never want to win

from the claw game stuck
up in your stockings.
There'’s a new patch of grass
stalking our shadows

on a hill behind us--—look how the sun
has even gotten simpler
since it began

wearing the wings we gave it.
It dips its face into the ocean
just beyond wherever

we are in time. For me
when the storms crowd
is best: we can stick our tongues out
into the water and not get a shock.
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