Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven


Jonathan Koven’s incoming Below Torrential Hill is the second place winner of the 2020 Electric Eclectic Novella Prize, expected this winter as an EE pocketbook.

As we eagerly anticipate its release, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Koven’s tender and lyrical voice.

His debut, titled Palm Lines, is a spellbinding and intimate collection of poems, now available from Toho Publishing.

Here is a short trailer which was launched prior to release, featuring a snippet of one of its poems:


These heartfelt poems speak to a transformative journey “to rediscover love as both a question and an answer.” Seeking hope, honoring family, finding love, accepting time’s passage, and understanding gratitude are all major themes explored in this dreamlike collection.

“Palm Lines invites one into a sensuous natural world . . . [Koven] is a writer of tremendous skill.”
—Tracey Levine, author of You Are What You Are and Asst. Professor of English at Arcadia University

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“Its poetry flows masterfully between the delicate balance of nature and humanity.”
—Philip Dykhouse, author of Bury Me Here

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“These are ecstatic poems which wrestle with surrender. Even as they reach outward, they are reflecting back, mapping the story of our own hands.”
—David Keplinger, author of Another City, winner of 2019 UNT Rilke Prize

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“Palm Lines is an epic, a journey . . . These poems read like the work of a storyteller, speaking innately human truths over the metaphysical fire.”
—Shannon Frost Greenstein, author of More. and Pray for Us Sinners

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“In Palm Lines, everything is humongous because of the gravity of the beauty and emotion observed—and language is the catharsis . . . This accessible collection offers the reader an opportunity to take a deep breath and reflect.”
—Sean Lynch, editor of Serotonin

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