Sea Snails on a Black Chow's Tongue by Keith Harvey
or, a Castaway's Poems in a Bottle

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At the conclusion of Keith Harvey's novel, Cave Gossip, the protagonist recites an aphorism: being in being is. Sea Snails on a Black Chow's Tongue explores the meaning of this aphorism. The poems in this collection, then, deal with man's basic aloneness in being; a castaway, if you will, in his own existence.

He sat and read
his primal poems
on a wooden stool
carved from pine.
His lips purpled
as he scanned
primordial words
and his tongue
like a chow's.


About Keith Harvey

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Keith Harvey originally founded Orchard Toys with his late wife, an early years teacher. They saw a great need for fun educational toys and games and set up the successful British company making high quality first games and puzzles. Now, with his own publishing company, Tiberius Publishing, Keith has turned his talents to writing charming stories for young children.
Published October 13, 2009 by iUniverse. 120 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Poems such as “Life on the Under Leaf” and “The Myth of the Snail” argue that our journey is like that of the snail–long, solitary and fixed, every day a limited journey “from the rose leaf / to the yard’s loam / alone.” At the same time, the collection draws comparisons between our lives a...

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