"Adam Stutz’s poetic magnificence here lies in his agile sense of humor and his
ability to isolate an idea or an abstract object and enlarge it by making it small. Thus,
his poetry operates more like a microphone inside of a microscope. He scrutinizes
the unscrutinizable and amplifies the sonic impossible. Stutz’s The Scales is an
enigma of clever inspection, a language with its own esoteric musical scale. His
poetry begs us to slow down when we move through life too fast, to zero-in the
grandeur of insignificanceness when we de-accelerate too rapidly, and to depart
from the modern mind a quaintness for lexical acuity. His work makes language
glad that it’s still (very much) alive.”

- VI KHI NAO, author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016) and The Old
Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016)

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Adam Stutz is the co-curator of the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace and Jeanine Webb. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in White Stag, The Cultural Society, Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, Where is the River, Ghost Proposal, and Cabildo Quarterly. He is the author of the chapbook Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). He currently resides in San Diego, CA.

THE SCALES

by Adam Stutz

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