"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
"Its poetry flows masterfully between the delicate balance of nature and humanity."
—Philip Dykhouse, author of Bury Me Here
"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
"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
"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
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.
Jonathan Koven grew up on Long Island, NY, embraced by tree-speak, tide’s rush, and the love and support of his family. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from American University, works as a technical writer, and is Toho Journal’s head fiction editor and workshop coordinator. He lives in Philadelphia with his best friend and future wife Delana, and cats Peanut Butter and Keebler.