“Withdrawn” is a draft of a forthcoming book of poems and other texts. Like my first 

book, The Hole (2012), it responds to conditions of friendship, community, and the 

relationship between private and public life during a series of ongoing disasters, 

both global and local, actual and virtual, ecological and geopolitical. In the process of 

writing The Hole I realized that what separates a “book” from a collection of texts 

has something to do with the book’s potential to model and activate certain forms of 

gathering. So I suspect that “Withdrawn,” to become a book, will require years still 

of extension and further thought about what its own gathering could mean. Thanks 

to the editors of BOMB, The Offending Adam, Peacock Online Review, The Poetry 

Project Newsletter, and WITH + STAND where some of these texts have appeared. 


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thom-bw.pngThom Donovan edits the weblog Wild Horses Of Fire, now in its 7th year. His book, The Hole (2012), published by Displaced Press, can be purchased through Small Press Distribution. He is currently at work revising and editing a book of essays and statements, provisionally titled Sovereignty and Us. Thom teaches at Bard College and lives in New York.