Christopher Petruccelli – Action at a Distance

Tracks in Greene countyAction at a Distance final

run through Whitley,

and I’ve been meaning to leave

this town for years now,

but I can’t seem to hold

on long enough to climb

into cool beds of coal cars.

-“Malachite”

In his first collection of poems, Christopher Petruccelli hits just the right note between the rustic Midwestern lifestyle and the more modern aspects of science. He intertwines these themes with one another to create a sense of cohesion throughout the collection. Action at a Distance takes readers on a cross-country road trip that explores love, science, and Midwestern values. Using a variety of poetic forms, Petruccelli allows readers to experience life through the lines of his poems.

Chris Petruccelli is a 2012 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He currently studies biogeography at the University of Missouri and is an associate poetry editor at Stirring. His work has appeared in Josephine Quarterly, Connotation Press, Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Rappahannock Review and Blast Furnace. In his free time, Chris chases after things that are bigger on the inside.

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