Arson and Prophets   (September 2003)

By Scott Withiam

ISBN: 0-912592-52-4

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Like lucid dreams, these ambitious poems confront us with blurred boundaries and improbable relationships that we cannot explain, yet immediately recognize as being true. Flints, strangely beautiful, and resonant long after reading it through, this is an impressive collection that makes me sit up and take notice.

- Mark Cox

In these poems a man, an ordinary citizen, stumbles and plows through the days but doesn't come up empty-handed - he finds the irresistible, that electric spark of living nerve that doesn't stop glowing, even when it is found - as it often is - at the very heart of doubt and confusion. If you are in search of it, read on.

- Mary Ruelfe

Scott Withiam lives on the edge of one of the most cosmopolitan and soulful boglands ever - a highly-desirable piece of real estate. These wry, sadly-wise poems use all their wits to turn anger and loss into acceptance and wonder. Their generosity is as original as it is true.  We're all coming undone, my friends, but Arson & Prophets makes it feel perfectly fine.

- David Rivard

About the Author

Scott Withiam lives on Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. He teaches writing and literature at Vermont College's Adult Degree Program and at Western New England College. He formerly co-edited The Onset Review. His poems have appeared in such magazines as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Ploughshares, Field, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, Third Coast, Sycamore Review, Puerto Del Sol, Harvard Review, and The Notre Dame Review. He was the 1997 winner of The Sandhills Review's Ronald H. Bayes Poetry Prize, the 1998 winner of New England Writer's Robert Penn Warren Award, the 2001 winner of the Two Rivers Review Poetry Prize, and co-winner of Inkwell Magazine's 2002 Poetry Competition.

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