the needle


october 2019

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The 1561 celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg

The 1561 celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg was a mass sighting of celestial phenomena above Nuremberg, Germany. A broadsheet news article printed in April 1561 describes the mass sighting of avian objects that appeared in the sky around dawn on April 14, 1561. Residents of Nuremberg said the battle was then followed by the appearance of a large black triangular object in the sky, followed by a large crash outside of the city. The broadsheet claims that witnesses observed hundreds of spheres, cylinders and other odd-shaped objects that moved erratically overhead until the sky arrow silenced them. Some chalk this event up to the appearance sundogs.


Praise for The Neelde

“The poems in The Needle come barreling out of time in an utterly original and necessary way: ‘One could live a thousand years ago, or two. Or ten.’ They inhabit a landscape that is recognizably our own but at the same time is ancient, hungry, and burning with celestial fire. A poem might originate on the Gowanus or a basement in Connecticut, but it stretches much, much farther—from childhood’s savage innocence to myths that sit deep and long in the world we can feel around us. They are weird in the vital, true, old meaning of the word: spells and charms that open us to something like fate if we attend to them. And how could we fail to? The music here impels us. With echoes of Yeats and Stevens, it's both intoxicating and grounded in the stuff of the earth. The Needle is extraordinary.”

—Tom Thompson

“Regan Good is a 21st century Transcendentalist; the poems in The Needle vibrate and are alive with beaches, whales, forests, trees, grasses, wind, and sky. Her poems—endlessly surprising and deliberate—are textured, muscular, and breathe with the implication that the natural world and its preservation may be the last parcel of moral ground we have. In an increasingly vexing and difficult world, her poems show the pure power of celebrating the natural world we take for granted; her poems reflect the ethical and political implications posed by the pastoral.

— Sean Singer


“Regan Good’s current work offers something rare in these times: a kind of Naturalism, focusing in on the particular, that is in no way contrived.  She can take these elements and use them to conjure up wholly unique and complete worlds.  Her voice deserves our attention, unless we’ve stopped looking for the worthwhile.”

—Carl Martin