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This is the dictionary project‘s 200th post! It feels like a significant milestone. So thank all of you for reading and commenting and showing up to consider words and language. Today also begins the third annual napomo at the dictionary project in honor of National Poetry Month. All month we will be posting poems written from bibliomanced dictionary project words. In an added twist, this year, two poets are writing to each word. We are curious about what will happen with these pairings, about what will happen when two different minds and aesthetics hold space for the same word.

Today, for our first word, we have poets Jamison Crabtree and John Myers. Please enjoy their poems and feel free to write your own poem inspired by nebulous in the comments if you so desire.


neb·u·lous (ˈnebyələs),  adj.  1.  hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.  2.  cloudy or cloudlike.  3.  of or resembling a nebula or nebulae; nebular.  [ < L  nebulosus full of mist, foggy, cloudy.  See NEBULA, –OUS]


First we have Jamison Crabtree:


Jamison Nebulous




jamison2Jamison Crabtree is a Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He looks after six cats and his work appears (or is forthcoming) in Thrush, Blackbird, Hobart, Whiskey Island, The Destroyer, The Offending Adam, and Apt.






Now, John Myers:


John Myers Napomo Nebulous




Photo on 2014-04-09 at 22.47


John Myers grew up in the Endless Mountains. He has work forthcoming in Aufgabe, Denver Quarterly and The Corduroy Mtn. He lives in Tucson and is learning to play the flute.

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