Spirits Distilled

This debut collection of forty-five poems explores a range of subjects, including the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, September 11, the war in Iraq, and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The collection also contains poems about the 2001 massacre of Nepal’s royal family, people living with AIDS, the Confederate Flag issue in South Carolina, and the influence of Gwendolyn Brooks and James Baldwin.


“This new work by Jeffrey Coleman fixes on something that can’t be easily described—sudden and ever-freshening combinations of emotion and language raising an imagery of extra meaning that has always been the secret of poetry. These are poems you have not read before, spoken in voices at once novel and complexly sedentary as in a moon geology. The literal courage of this work is inseparable from the first caliber of mind.” — Norman Dubie

Black, yellow, and blue text stating Spirits Distilled poems by Jeffrey Coleman over a white background with the centered image of a colorful painting of a rocking chair in a room.

Jeffrey Coleman

Publication Date: February 28, 2006

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 1-59709-049-2