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A chapbook of 11 personal elegies in a classical style.

Elegiac by Charles Seluzicki is the first volume in the Cox Family Poetry Chapbook Series from Carnegie Mellon University Press. It is a collection of eleven elegies that memorialize the lives of the poet’s dearly departed friends. Classical in style, Seluzicki’s poems seek to engage in conversation with them in an intimate and convincing sequence.

24 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2


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"In his uncompromisingly intelligent and humane book of poems Elegiac, Charles Seluzicki has delivered a late-breaking heartfelt and startlingly beautiful book of poems that seeks to remember and celebrate the lives of dear ones lost to him. These poems are open and electric. They strike sparks."

Michael Dickman, author of Days & Days

"In these days of grandstanding and outright mendacity, we stand in need of clear and honest voices. Seluzicki's Elegiac sequence, opening with three quiet poems of welcome to Thanatos, celebrates a constellation of lost friends, still engaged in conversation. The exchanges are intimate, convincing, and evoked in surprising details: the 'Wind-fallen fruit sweetening / the air,' the 'graver poised on endgrain,' the 'dust in a poor man's purse.' Undaunted by death, these friendships continue defiantly, full of life and light." 

Paul Merchant, author of Some Business of Affinity

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