Praise for Lonesome Gnosis: 

"To read Elizabeth Scanlon's Lonesome Gnosis is to be reminded you are a 21st Century thinking animal, riding trains, riding love, riding the mind as it contemplates nation and person, "being stink alive" in muto cupido: our eternal state of dumb desire. Scanlon brings such a wry, clear, bemused eye to that contemplation--how we're "full of shit but marvelous anyway"--it wakes you up: it's a delight to travel with her."  -- Dana Levin 

"Scanlon delivers. She can be deeply serious, but many of these poems embrace the inclination that the human is polyamorous in its nature. I mean, the tonality in these poems, the registers, dictions, play come from a singular devotion, but the attention is multitudinous. I suppose it’s like having an octopus for a lover. You know you are dealing with one being, but it surely feels like there’s a crowd here, a good crowd."  -- James Hoch 

”We’re all on a train, deep underground/going somewhere/for reasons unknown to the guy next to us,”  writes Elizabeth Scanlon in her luminous new book. Her poems, which can be intimate with interaction, and crowded with evidence of other people, are also lonely--and lovely. I think of Frank O’Hara’s “The poem is at last between two persons instead of two pages.” But it’s more than that. Scanlon has a trick of sounding breezy and improvisationally melodic--with all the immediate pleasure that suggests--and then of turning on a dime to become dark and a little dangerous. Her mixed moods, tones and dictions, and the many places she focuses her good eye--”seven silver sedans” or “the black moon” or highway billboards or a teenage thumbsucker on the subway--make Lonesome Gnosis a delightful read." -- Daisy Fried 

   Lonesome Gnosis   available from Horsethief Books 

Lonesome Gnosis available from Horsethief Books 

   The Brain Is Not the United States    (The Brain Is the Ocean) ,   a chapbook, is available from The Head & the Hand Press 

The Brain Is Not the United States    (The Brain Is the Ocean),  a chapbook, is available from The Head & the Hand Press